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I received an interesting telephone call this evening. The caller had been stopped by a police officer and the officer told the caller that he wanted to search the vehicle because it smelled like cologne. It was the officer's belief that the caller was covering up the odor of marijuana.

The caller's question was "Can I tell the officer that it's okay to look in my trunk and not the rest of my car?" My answer was that he can absolutely limit the scope of the search. Anytime there is a consent search, the person giving consent can limit the area to which the police can search.

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