GALENA — A Galena man was arrested Saturday on methamphetamine charges — again.
It was the second arrest this year for Earnest Brookshire Jr., 51.
“This is the second search warrant on him this year that I know of,” Lt. Pat Collins of the Galena Police Department said Monday. “Maybe three months ago we did one on him.”
Collins said the bust comes after “another trash pull,” following a citizen complaint.
A trash pull is when police officers search a suspect‘s trash for evidence of illegal activity. If evidence is found it is used as the basis for a search warrant.
According to Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard no search warrant is required to search someone‘s garbage because there is no expectation of privacy.
Bullard said once the trash is placed on the curb anyone can get into it and it is the property of the trash service.
“If it was still on their porch there is an expectation of privacy but not if it‘s on the curb,” Bullard said.
The search caused officers to arrest Brookshire on charges possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Brookshire is free on $13,000 bond.