ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA)--The Monroe County Sheriff's Department has a German Shepard by the name of Nero.
Nero, is normally a docile creature until ordered by his officer to spring into action.
In a demonstration Wednesday afternoon, Nero sniffed a small bag of marijuana from a pick-up truck and later ran down a make-believe suspect.
But, under a U. S. Supreme Court ruling handed down Tuesday, investigators would need a search warrant before they could use Nero at a suspect's home or on personal property.
In a five to four decision, the high court upheld a Florida Supreme Court's ruling that threw out evidence seized at a Miami house.
That search was prompted by a drug-sniffing dog similar to Nero.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Department has three drug dogs and the sheriff says the dogs are indespenable.
Sheriff Cecil Cantrell says he can't understand why the U.S. Supreme Court would want to limit law enforcement's use of these animals.
"I know the Supreme Court has ruled that making search and seizures with drug dogs may or may not be a good thing. Of course, we're going to use our dogs until they make us stop using our dogs. Here in the state of Mississippi I don't know of anything right now or any bill that has been introduced that would stop us using our canines in any kind of drug seizures at this point," Cantrell explained.
However, in the ruling, justices argued that using the drug dogs at a home without a warrant is a violation of the fourth amendment protection against illegal search and seizure.
But, Cantrell believes his department is operating well within the confines of the law while using their animals.
According to Cantrell, deputies get permission to search a vehicle from the owner, and obtain a release form.
Deputies must acquire a search warrant if the owner refuses the search, according to Cantrell.
Cantrell says the same procedure is generally used at homes.