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Animal cruelty charges, felony drug charge dropped

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jun 08 2013 10:42:56 AM MDT
MARIJUANA / GAVEL
CALDWELL, Idaho -

Thirty misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty as well as a felony marijuana trafficking charge have been dropped against a southwest Idaho man after a judge ruled evidence was obtained illegally.
    
The Idaho Press-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/11zcLmD) that the animal cruelty charges were dropped Friday and the drug charge was dismissed Tuesday against 65-year-old Jerry Krebs of Caldwell.
    
Third District Judge Molly Huskey ruled search warrants that authorities say led to the discovery of 30 malnourished English pointers were based on illegally obtained evidence.
    
Huskey also ruled that statements made by Krebs were obtained in violation of his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
    
Those rulings resulted in physical evidence and statements by Krebs being banned from use in court.
    
Attempts to obtain money and property from Krebs in connection with the marijuana case have also been dropped.