D.Minn.: SW for ion scan of door for presence of drugs was at least subject to GFE

The search warrant here for swabbing defendant’s door for an ion scan to determine presence of drugs didn’t describe what the ion scan would show. The existence of case law from at least 1999 supporting ion scan warrants satisfies good faith. The informant was sufficiently corroborated to show probable cause. United States v. Carter, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193833 (D. Minn. Sept. 18, 2020).

Defendant’s motion for return of property is granted. “The government is not entitled to keep the private property of its citizens forever merely because the property was lawfully seized pursuant to a search warrant as part of a criminal investigation.” United States v. Salami, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193940 (M.D. N.C. Oct. 19, 2020).

Defendants unresponsive in a car at gas pumps justified officers opening the car doors. United States v. Mason, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194125 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 20, 2020).*

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