Colorado man sues Idaho police over ‘license-plate profiling’ in marijuana case
March 31, 2014
A Colorado resident has filed a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of what his attorney calls “license-plate profiling” during a road trip through Idaho last year.
Darien Roseen filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday in the District of Idaho, more than a year after he said he was unlawfully detained and searched for marijuana on the basis of his Colorado license plates.
Mark Coonts, one of three attorneys on the case, said the 69-year-old was cleared after local law enforcement officers in Payette County, Idaho, detained Roseen and for hours searched his Honda Ridgeline truck for the source of an alleged pot smell.
“Assuming guilt based on a license plate — that’s just a violation of our civil rights,” Coonts said.
The suit was first reported by Fox 31.
Roseen, retired vice president of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate — an arm of the forest-products company worth $16.5 billion, according to Forbes — was searched Jan. 25, 2013, on the way from his daughter’s baby shower in Washington state to his second home in Pagosa Springs.
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