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Court: Search of suspect's cell phone was legal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An appeals court says prosecutors can use incriminating photos obtained from the cell phone of a suspected drug dealer who had been stopped for speeding.

  Jermichael James Carroll of Milwaukee was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after authorities discovered pictures on his phone in which he had guns.

  The phone was searched after he was stopped for speeding.

  At one point, the detective even answered the phone pretending to be Carroll and spoke with a man who wanted to buy drugs.

  A judge ruled the search of the cell phone's photo gallery was illegal and the photos could not be used in court.

  But the District 1 Court of Appeals reversed the decision, saying the incoming call answered by the detective provided probable cause to justify the search.

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