K-9 Police Officer Admits Planting Drugs on Random Vehicles To Train Dogs

Some months ago, Star Trek fan and filmmaker, Terrance Huff, uploaded a video to YouTube of a traffic stop he and his buddy, Jon Seaton suffered in Collinsville, Illinois. They were pulled over by K-9 officer Michael Reichert, allegedly for swerving between lanes on the highway. Huff denies any such thing in the dashcam video he eventually extracted from the local constabulary. But that hardly matters, since Reichert escalates to running his dog around the car, which animal then "alerts" to the presence of drugs amidst much encouragement by the officer. A pointless search ensues, resulting in a verbal dressing down of Huff and Seaton for having "shake"* on the floor of their car (which looks as messy as mine) before they're sent on their merry way. Now, a new video resulting from Huff's subsequent lawsuit shows Reichert being questioned by an attorney about his practice of randomly planting drug scent on cars in public parking lots in order to train his dog, Macho. He admits that the scent lingers, and could be detected some time later. Say, by a K-9 unit during a traffic stop.

Lodging in Collinsville, featuring Reichert's testimony:

Breakfast in Collinsville, with video of the original stop:

All in all, it's a fascinating insight into how the use of drug-sniffing dogs can be abused and manipulated. And, of how vulnerable we all are to police who don't like our looks, hold a grudge, or just have a quota to meet as we come by.

*Marijuana residue, like the loose bits of leaves that get caught in the fold of a double album when you're cleaning your dope. Ummm ... If you're old enough to remember LPs.

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  • R C Dean||

    The most convenient parking lot for him to use to train his dog would, naturally, be the police parking lot. I don't suppose he was salting cop's personal cars with drug stink, was he? If not, I wonder why not?

  • niobiumstudio||

    Radley's blog goes further and states they do "practice" in motel parking lots - the same motels where they ask the proprietors for information about "suspicious" out-of-stater's which they later pull over. Apparently the officer admitted "it is entirely possible" (read: has happened many times before) that he "wiped" cars that he later pulled over due to information for hotel owners.

  • R C Dean||

    Why would you go all the way to a motel parking lot, when you have a lot full of cars right outside your office?

    If you're spiking these cars with dope stink purely for training purposes, of course.

    Now, if you were looking to made damn good and sure you got a positive hit on some scumbag, spiking his car under the pretext of training makes perfect sense.

    In fact, spiking the car of anyone who might be a suspect strikes me as monumentally stupid, as it taints the validity of any positive that you might get. Unless you were planning on withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense, of course, but the master class would never do that.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    Actually, they're not training the dogs. They're training the K9 handlers to recognize their own dogs so they don't shoot the wrong one.

  • SugarFree||

    his practice of randomly planting drug scent

    Huh? Like a spray or something? Or is he walking around possessing drugs and not being arrested for it?

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Supposedly they use some "fake drug material" for training that smells like every real drug ever. TV programs about drug dogs always say that they "can't disclose what the substance is, but its not drugs". The truth is on the internet somewhere.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Seems to me that if a cop puts something on my car that will cause a dog to alert, then he's vandalized my car, slandered me, and recklessly endangered me and anyone riding with me.


  • SugarFree||

    I'm sure a few days of paid vacation will teach him a lesson.

  • LibertyBelle||

    Of course. These brave officers are just protecting us.

  • ||

    In a just world, this cocksucker would be shot.

  • Rich||

    He should at least enjoy a year of having specially-trained dogs sniffing up his naked anus for concealed drugs.

    Also, did anyone ask the officer what he meant by "shake" in this context?

  • ||

    "Shake" is slang for the dust or powder that is left behind in a bag o' weed.

  • ||

    And, of how vulnerable we all are to police who don't like our looks, hold a grudge, or just have a quota to meet as we come by.

    This is why, even if there are "good" cops, it doesn't matter. Because every encounter with a cop raises the possibility that this encounter is with the dirty, or angry, or abusive, cop. And then you're fucked.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Dunphy tells me that anyone who is worried about interacting with cops is crazy.

  • tarran||

    Unless you are on a subway platform and you have the "track gage".

  • Mensan||

    I am in no way suggesting that somebody who knows how to pull off a swatting without getting caught should report a hostage situation at Michael Reichert's house.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Enough About Palin||

    This is some bullshit right here. Really high-end bullshit.

    BTW, about a week ago, I posted to a relevant thread that living in the ghetto for 25-years had changed my perceptions about race, to which you replied that it was sad that I couldn't differentiate race from class. That response was also total bullshit.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Dude, it's just a song.

    I bet you think Eric Clapton shot a sheriff as well.

    P.S. You should really apply yourself and make enough money to move out of the ghetto. Jus' sayin'

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    Marley shot the sheriff :)

  • Paul.||

    I still think he shot the deputy.

  • Enough About Palin||

    I can live anywhere I want. I am restoring an inherited, century-old house and then donating it's use to house two parenting and/or pregnant teen moms actively seeking a high school diploma or it's equivalent. It's a demographic I have years of experience working with. I'll move out when I'm ready.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Goddamn you and your helping other people, you self-sacrificing, charitable good person you!

  • Enough About Palin||

    It's just the libertarian in me.

  • Paul.||

    Government assistance inbound! Oh, and duck!

  • Enough About Palin||

    What the fuck does that bullshit even mean? I am a libertarian. The best forms of charity circumvent government.

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    Living in the hood for the past 4 months has shown me that Colangelo was right about the working man being a sucker.

    Just about everyone has an EBT card (and somehow they can get cash back when they use it) and most get disability checks, you can't walk into a store without having to get past the dealers out front, and the poor sucker who worked hard to buy a house has to live next door to a Section 8 house housing 20 thugs who hang out out front all night.

  • Enough About Palin||

    There is some truth to this, but I have known kids who have gotten out and really made something of themselves.

  • Ayn Random Variation||


    You just happened to strike a nerve, as of all the things that annoy me about the STATE, Section 8 and "disability" may top the list.

  • ||

    No big deal, just a friendly game of baseball

  • ||

    Wow, what happened there? That wasn't even SugarFreed... like I said,

    Just a friendly game of baseball

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    All in all, it's a fascinating insight into how the use of drug-sniffing dogs can be abused and manipulated.

    As Justice Scalia points out, it makes no sense for law enforcement to initiate a canine search when they don't expect to find anything. WHY WOULD POLICE OFFICERS USE THEIR DOG TO FALSELY ACCUSE SOMEONE???

  • sarcasmic||

    You're kidding, right? The officer can tell just by looking at the guy that he's a drug user. They have a very highly trained sense of intuition that is never wrong. They just happened upon the guy when he didn't have any dope on him, but he's definitely a user. Dude got lucky.

  • Paul.||

    You got trolled.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Who said they don't expect to find anything?

  • R C Dean||

    Hey, you can't find anything unless you search, and you can't search without a hit from your dog.

    Plus, throw-down.

  • Ryan60657||

    Officer Reichert is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Taxpayers of Collinsville, Illinois: You have been warned.

  • sarcasmic||

    If there was no successful lawsuit after this video, there will never be one.

  • Tim||

    "Officer am I free to leave? If I am, then I am leaving now. If am not I will not speak to you without an attorney present."

  • sarcasmic||

    "You're free to leave, but your vehicle is being detained."

  • Tim||

    I'm probably stubborn enough to go and walk right out of there".

  • sarcasmic||

    You'll never see your car again.

  • WTF||

    Asset forfeiture, because of teh 'shake'.

  • sarcasmic||

    No. You abandoned your vehicle. Cops will have it towed, not tell you where they put it, auction it off, and buy some guns.

  • 0073735963||

    God your scthick is tiresome.

  • sarcasmic||

    Watch the video, fuckface. That's what the officer says to the dude.

    "You're free to go, but I'm detaining the vehicle to have my dog sniff around it, and if I get a signal then according to the laws in the state of Indiana that gives me probable cause to search the vehicle. Now do you have any drugs..." or something to that effect.

    Watch it, fuckface pig cock gobbling mother fucker.

    Watch it with your baby oil handy so you can stroke yourself while watching a corrupt cop trample over dude's civil rights.

    Oh, and it's spelled "shtick", fucko.

  • Paul.||

    Marijuana is now legal in the state of Washington. I can't wait for the drug dogs to go apeshit in the Ferry lines for the WSDOT.

  • Spraynerd||

    ask any honest cop and he'll tell you drug and bomb sniffing dogs are a scam...they are horribly inaccurate and have a dismal record for detecting anything. its just an excuse to get around privacy laws.

  • Paul.||

    ask any honest cop

    Lighting my lantern now...

  • Mensan||

    "ask any honest cop ..."

    And while you're at it ask a unicorn and a leprechaun.

  • waaminn||

    Wow, now why am I not surprised lol


  • juris imprudent||

    Marijuana residue, like the loose bits of leaves that get caught in the fold of a double album when you're cleaning your dope. Ummm ... If you're old enough to remember LPs.

    Is this like that "if you say you remember the 60s you didn't really live through them" paradox?

    Anyway, I this must be the album you had in mind (their only double LP), though this might have been more appropriate.


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