Can the police search your car without a warrant?
At a roadblock YES this means that a police officer can search you personally or can search your car or house – even when no search warrant was obtained and even when you did not give permission for such a search – but only when he or she has a reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime or are hiding evidence that could prove that you (or others) are guilty of a crime. So, if a police officer stops your car and the sweet smell of dagga wafts from the car, that police officer can search your car to try and find any dagga you might be hiding – even without first obtaining a search warrant to do so.
I did not know police officers come equipped with a dagga detectors in the nostril. How do police know what dagga smells like? Do they smoke it after confiscating it from people. Probably.
Can they smell rape & murder as well? How about drunk drivers.
Can the police search your car without a warrant? – Constitutionally Speaking
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