CARSON CITY, Nev. — A federal court upheld the decision to return $167,000 confiscated during a drug money search it says was unconstitutional.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( a Nevada state trooper stopped Straughn Gorman twice on his way from Wells to Elko for a minor traffic infraction and later to search for drug money. After the officer that initially stopped Gorman was unable to get a search warrant, he alerted an Elko sheriff’s deputy and recommended he bring a dog with him to meet Gorman.

Police say they found money hidden throughout Gorman’s motor home.

Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed Monday that the search was unconstitutional. The court panel says that an unjustified delay in the first stop tainted the search in the second stop.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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