Man sues after search of his car was ruled illegal


PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man whose vehicle was searched for drugs during a traffic stop has filed a multimillion dollar federal lawsuit against state and local police, the city of Pittsfield and the state of Massachusetts.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the suit filed by Gabriel Cordero, of Holyoke, alleges the stop in Pittsfield in February 2015 went beyond what was allowed by law.

Cordero was pulled over after a state trooper noticed he had broken brake and tail lights and illegally tinted windows. Police later searched the vehicle and discovered about 2,000 bags of heroin.

The Supreme Judicial Court last year suppressed the evidence obtained in the search and the case was ultimately dismissed.

State police have filed motions to dismiss the suit. A city attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

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