University of Miami Law Review


The magnitude of the illegal drug trafficking problem facing the United States today has caused the state and federal governments to step up their efforts to curb narcotics dealing and distribution. Focusing on governmental attempts to apprehend drug couriers at national airports, this article examines the judicial response to the fourth amendment issues raised by searches and seizures of suspected couriers. The author suggests that the seriousness of the drug trafficking problem has led some courts to bend traditional fourth amendment principles.