Seeing a police officer walking in my direction, I tossed away a packet of illegal drugs. Can the officer pick it up and use it as evidence against me?
The officer neither detained you nor conducted a search. The officer had the right to pick up whatever you tossed away and to make an arrest when the object turned out to be illegal drugs.
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