CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court says a man arrested or detained nearly a dozen times because he was mistaken for a suspected drug dealer cannot sue Las Vegas police.

In an order dated Thursday, justices dismissed Francisco Gonzalez’s suit against the police department, saying the agency was immune from such lawsuits.

North Las Vegas police issued an arrest warrant for suspected dealer Francisco Garcia-Gonzalez in 2007 and entered his information into a law enforcement database.

The court ruling said the drug dealer’s physical description and birth date matched Gonzalez, though his attorneys disputed that. Gonzalez’s lawyers argued the fugitive was two years older, lived in a different city and had different hair color.

Between June 2008 and August 2010, Gonzalez was detained or arrested by Las Vegas police 11 times.

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