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United States of America v. Sidney Greene (D-1

September 7, 2011

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SIDNEY GREENE (D-1),
DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Deborah M. Smith United States Magistrate Judge

INITIAL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION REGARDING SUPPRESS SEIZURE OF TELEPHONE OF BAG OF TAX DOCUMENTS DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO CALL MARCH 26, 2009 AND SEIZURE [Doc. 313]

I. MOTION PRESENTED

Defendant Sidney Greene is charged in this multi-defendant case with a variety of crimes. Of the forty-one counts in the Second Superceding Indictment, found at Docket 83, all but three apply to him. Most of the charges against Defendant Greene involve allegations of sex trafficking of children and adults and promotion of prostitution. Greene is also charged with child pornography offenses, conspiracy to commit tax fraud, and identity theft.

In this motion at Docket 313, Greene requests that the Court suppress the seizure of a telephone call made to Greene's residence on March 26, 2009 when law enforcement officers were searching the residence pursuant to Search Warrant 3:09-MJ-00048-DMS (hereafter referred to as the Search Warrant). While there were no substantive statements made during the call, Greene asserts that the identity of the person who called Greene, Sabil Mujahid, should be suppressed because it was outside the scope of the warrant for the law enforcement officer to answer the phone. Greene also asks that the Court suppress the tax documents found inside a black duffle bag that was seized pursuant to the search warrant on March 26, 2009. He argues that the tax documents were outside the scope of the warrant.

The Government opposes the motion. It argues that the agents' interception of the phone call on March 26, 2009 was proper because the call occurred during the execution of the search warrant and the call was reasonably related to the purpose of the search, citing to United States v. Ordonez, 722 F.2d 530, 541-42 (9th Cir. 1983). It also argues that the seizure of the black duffle bag and the tax document inside was proper because those documents constituted information about financial transactions related to the suspected prostitution business and identification of people involved in the suspected prostitution business.

After Greene filed this motion, he obtained new counsel. His new counsel filed a motion requesting permission to expand the motion to include a request to suppress tax documents in a green bag found and seized at his residence on March 26, 2009. The Court granted the motion. Greene's new counsel also filed supplemental briefing at Docket 603.

An evidentiary hearing was held on March 25, 2011. The transcript of that proceeding is located at Docket 617.

II. SEARCH WARRANT-- ITEMS TO BE SEIZED

The Search Warrant authorized the agents to search for and seize a list of items set forth in Attachment B. It authorized law enforcement to search for evidence of a violation of:

Title 18 United States Code 1952 Interstate and foreign travel or transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises [and Title 18 United States Code Conspiracy]:

a) Any and all items related to commercial sex acts (prostitution) including, but not limited to: condoms, sex toys, sexual lubricants, sexually suggestive clothing, sexually suggestive pictures, bedding, PDA's, pagers, credit cards, cameras, videos, identification documents, guns, currency, client or customer lists, email addresses, escort licenses, lists of rules, ledgers, journals, notebooks, items indicating payment for commercial sex acts, medical records related to prostitution activities, medication and medical supplies relating to prostitution activities, including but not limited to contraceptives, anti-inflammatory medications, and antibiotics.

b) Any and all evidence of financial transactions related to prostitution operations, including but not limited to: monies, checks, checkbook registers, books, ledgers, bank account records, bank transaction receipts, wire transfer records, currency, financial transfers, purchases, invoices, receipts, airline tickets, records of expenditures, correspondence, files, and safe deposit box records. All credit cards, credit card statements, or handwritten notes that appear to depict credit card numbers or transactions.

c) All cellular telephones believed to belong to [Mujahid or Greene],

d) All photographs and video related to the prostitution businesses including pictures of Mujahid and/or Greene with other women or girls previously identified as associated with the escort businesses, or pictures of said females or pictures ...


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