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During a traffic stop, police officers searched Defendant-Appellant Steven Clay Anderson's vehicle based on a drug dog's alert on the exterior of the vehicle, as well as other suspicious circumstances. The district court denied Defendant's motion to suppress evidence found during the search, holding that probable cause did not dissipate when the same dog failed to alert a second time when placed inside the vehicle. On appeal, the Court of Appeals affirmed. Upon review, the Supreme Court affirmed: "in the absence of something more to neutralize probable cause, the initial alert, coupled with the surrounding suspicious circumstances, entitled the officers in this case to perform a thorough search of Anderson's vehicle, including the manual search performed following the failed alert. Thus, the district court correctly denied Anderson's motion to suppress the evidence found in that search."