An appeals panel ruled this week that the case against John Garcia, a US attorney, was justified. According to Courthouse News, two California police officers searched Garcia’s officers and arrested him after a confidential informant revealed details of a methamphetamine smuggling operation. Following his release, Garcia sued the officers, arguing that the search warrant and his arrest relied too heavily on the testimony of the informant. A three-judge federal appeals panel declared that Garcia’s arrest was lawful, stating that the police officers had various corroborative reasons to conduct the search and arrest. The decision makes it clear that the use of informants is a justified tool for law enforcement.
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