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Arizona ruling allows police to search visitors’ personal items

police-620The Arizona Supreme Court is adopting a legal guideline that says police with a warrant to search a place may inspect personal items of a person not named in the warrant if the items aren’t in that person’s possession.

The unanimous ruling issued Wednesday upholds the convictions and sentences of a woman arrested while visiting a Kingman residence.

Police searching the residence found drugs and drug paraphernalia in Alicia Leah Gilstrap’s purse. She was taking a shower when the search began.

Her lawyers argued that the evidence was illegally obtained because she wasn’t named on the search warrant for the residence.

However, the Supreme Court said the search of her purse was legal because she didn’t have the purse in her possession when officers found it.

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