US high court allows border search of gas tanks

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By James Vicini WASHINGTON, March 30 (Reuters) - A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that agents at the border can take apart and search a vehicle's gas tank for drugs or contraband without violating constitutional privacy rights. In a victory for the U.S. Justice Department, which argued routine searches can catch drug smugglers and terrorists, the high court said agents need not have a reasonable suspicion the gas tank contained illegal items. The justices overturned a ...

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