Judge outlaws warrantless use of cellphone-tracking device

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NEW YORK (AP) A judge in New York has tossed out evidence in a drug case gained through the use of a cellphone tracking device, saying using the StingRay device to locate a suspect’s phone without a warrant is unconstitutional.

Manhattan federal Judge William Pauley ruled Tuesday. His decision rejects evidence seized from a Manhattan apartment during an international drug-trafficking organization probe by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

During the search agents seized narcotics, three digital scales, empty zip lock bags and other drug paraphernalia.

The judge says the search violated the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee people shall be secure in their homes against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The ruling has been praised by the American Civil Liberties Union.

A message left with federal prosecutors hasn’t been returned.

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