Cell Phone Ruling Could Affect Cases

cell phones siskiyouYREKA, Calif. — A Supreme Court ruling on how police search cell phones could impact drug investigations in Siskiyou County.

Sheriff Jon Lopey said his office regularly uses cell phone information during drug cases, as deputies try to crack down on illegal marijuana grows in rural areas if the county.

“Most of the time those type of offenders use cell phones and sometimes we get some good information out of them,” Lopey said. “But we’ll adapt to the law.”

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that police cannot access cell phone data without a search warrant. Typically, cell phones found on a suspect could be searched under “probable cause.”

Lopey said he will speak with the Siskiyou County District Attorney and the courts to find a way to speed up the process of obtaining a search warrant for those drug cases.