An appellate court determined that an Illinois man charged with illegal drug possession was not required to unlock his cell phone for police investigators, according to a recent decision from Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District.
In terms of specific background information, this legal battle dates back to June 2017. At that time, the Illinois man was riding as a passenger in a vehicle in Rock Island. A law enforcement officer pulled over the vehicle and executed a traffic stop.
During the traffic stop, additional officers arrived with a K9 unit. When the K9 unit indicated the presence of contraband, the law enforcement officers conducted a complete search of the vehicle. As a result of that search, the officers located a prescription pill bottle filled with cocaine powder, a measuring scale with cocaine residue, and approximately 20 individually sized plastic bags.
After locating the illegal drugs and related contraband, [...]