Oregon expands warrantless searches

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SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals has expanded the scope of warrantless vehicle searches in a ruling this week.

The decision adds to a controversial area of state law that has increased police powers considerably since it was first started in the 1980s.

Oregon law permits police to search operable vehicles without a warrant with probable cause.

The court ruled this week that everything connected to a car, including a trailer, is subject to a warrantless search.