Patriot Act Used for Subpeona in Drug Case

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A defense attorney says federal agents used the Patriot Act to secretly search the home of a suspected cocaine
dealer in Wichita.

Lawyer Charles O'Hara said the agents illegally obtained evidence that should be thrown out. O'Hara has filed a motion to suppress any evidence from the search, arguing that the Patriot Act was meant for serious matters involving national security -- not drug cases.

But federal prosecutors contend the evidence was obtained legally in their case against Tyrone Andrews, accused of being a major drug supplier for the Wichita Crips gang.

In a July affidavit seeking the search warrant, a federal agent claimed a secret search was necessary to protect evidence and to prevent suspects from fleeing or intimidating witnesses.

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