Nevada: Prosecutors reject Burning Man traffic stop cases citing probable cause, search issues

Local prosecutors are rejecting the majority of cases stemming from a spate of traffic stops of vehiclesheaded for Burning Man in August, citing uncertainty over probable cause in the searches by federal agents and tribal police.

The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office chose not to pursue seven of nine cases in which Burners were arrested on their way to the weeklong 80,000-person event in the Black Rock Desert. The cases would not hold up in state court, the district attorney’s office said in court documents obtained by the Reno Gazette Journal.

The traffic stops were on State Route 447 in Nixon, Nev., by U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs agents and Pyramid Lake police. A BIA spokeswoman said the stops were part of an opioid interdiction operation on tribal lands in the weeks before and during Burning Man.