Victor Chavez, left, is challenging his marijuana arrest, saying the smell of the herb is no longer enough for police to search a car without a warrant. At right, the marijuana seized in his truck.
Victor Chavez, left, is challenging his marijuana arrest, saying the smell of the herb is no longer enough for police to search a car without a warrant. At right, the marijuana seized in his truck. - Miami-Dade Corrections, State Attorney's Office
Victor Chavez, left, is challenging his marijuana arrest, saying the smell of the herb is no longer enough for police to search a car without a warrant. At right, the marijuana seized in his truck. - Miami-Dade Corrections, State Attorney's Office

David Ovalle covers crime and courts in Miami. A native of San Diego, he graduated from the University of Southern California and joined the Herald in 2002 as a sports reporter.