FLINT (WWJ) – The Genessee County Sheriff’s Department has launched a program of running drug checkpoints on highways around Flint.
WWJ’s Rob Sanford reports the Genessee County Sheriff’s Department will set up a narcotics checkpoint along I-69 and US-23 about seven times a month.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department To Host Drive-Up Candy Stations On Oct. 31 At All Precincts
Once stopped, cars will be searched if drug dogs sniff out something suspicious. If motorists pull a U-turn to avoid the checkpoint, police cruisers will be on hand to pull them over and search their vehicles.READ MORE: Metro Detroit Woman Files Lawsuit Against Walmart, Says Discriminated Against By Managers
Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell told the Free Press that Flint is a crossroads of drug dealing and he decided to try checkpoints.
But the American Civil Liberties Union and several constitutional law experts say checkpoints aren’t legal, pointing to a number of court decisions on the issue.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
County Prosecutor David Leyton said he can’t stop the sheriff unless someone who is arrested at one of the checkpoints challenges the evidence in court.