Originally Posted by sarhog
I suppose it depends on your jurisdiction, but in Florida for instance, a warrant is not required. If the police develop probable cause, they can search.
Probable cause can come from seeing contraband in the vehicle, smelling the odor of narcotics, a K9 alert, finding dope on one of the occupants, etc.
They can no longer search the vehicle based on your arrest alone, AZ v Gant changed that.
Plain sight does not require a warrant.
A hunch does not equal probable cause, and cops are generally professional. A cop who calls for K9 units frequently, or is involved in significantly more searches than other officers is not going to be around for long.