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Mayfield Hts police using fake drug checkpoints

3:08 PM, Jun 30, 2013   |    comments
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MAYFIELD HEIGHTS-- Police in the Cleveland suburb of Mayfield Heights know they're not allowed to use checkpoints to search drivers and their cars for drugs.     

So they're trying the next best thing: fake drug checkpoints.     

Police recently posted large yellow signs along Interstate 271 that warned drivers that there was a drug checkpoint ahead.     

There was no such checkpoint, just police officers waiting to see if any drivers would react suspiciously after seeing the signs.     

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that a civil rights group and at least one person pulled over by police are questioning the tactic.     

A Mayfield Heights assistant prosecutor says it's legal and a legitimate effort in the war on drugs, saying that the city of 19,000 "should be applauded for doing this."

The Associated Press

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