14 F.3d 1093 (6th Cir. 1994), 93-3051, United States v. Schultz

Docket Nº:93-3051.
Citation:14 F.3d 1093
Party Name:UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. James E. SCHULTZ, Defendant-Appellant.
Case Date:January 20, 1994
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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14 F.3d 1093 (6th Cir. 1994)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,


James E. SCHULTZ, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 93-3051.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

January 20, 1994

Argued Oct. 14, 1993.

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William E. Hunt (argued and briefed), Office of the U.S. Attorney, Cincinnati, OH, for plaintiff-appellee.

Thomas W. Miller, W. Kelly Johnson (argued and briefed), Miller & Rosewald, Cincinnati, OH, for defendant-appellant.

Before: MERRITT, Chief Judge; JONES, Circuit Judge; and CELEBREZZE, Senior Circuit Judge.

MERRITT, Chief Judge.

James Schultz appeals his conviction and sentencing for possession of hashish with intent to distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Sec. 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). Schultz seeks to

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overturn his conviction on the ground that the two search warrants which produced the evidence used to convict him were issued without probable cause. Failing that, he seeks to have his sentence reduced on the grounds that (1) the trial court inappropriately assigned him a two-point enhancement for being a "leader" or "organizer," and (2) the trial court inappropriately increased his Criminal History Category from III to VI by using two out-of-time convictions to characterize him as a career offender.

We affirm Schultz's conviction but vacate his sentence and remand the case to the district court for resentencing.

I. The Search Warrant Issue

On January 6, 1992, Detective Rick Ideker of the Delhi Township (Ohio) Police Department arrested David Koerner for possession of controlled substances. Koerner told Ideker that his supplier was Andrew Hoernschmeyer and that the local source of the controlled substances had Jamaican connections. On January 17, 1992, Ideker arrested Hoernschmeyer, who told Ideker that he had purchased controlled substances from John Reid. The next day, Ideker arrested Reid, who told Ideker that he had purchased illegal drugs from James Leek and that it was his understanding that Leek's supplier owned an ice cream business around the corner from Leek's residence. On January 23, 1992, Ideker arrested Leek, who told Ideker that his local source was Schultz. This was Ideker's first evidence directly concerning Schultz. None of the above individuals had previously been used as police informants.

Ideker investigated Schultz, who did in fact own the ice cream business Reid had mentioned. Ideker found that Schultz had prior convictions for possession of marijuana products and that Florida police had observed Schultz in Fort Myers, Florida. Leek gave Ideker a phone number he had used to order illegal drugs, and Ideker learned that the number was listed to a woman in whose car Schultz had once been issued a traffic citation.

Ideker obtained, by court order, phone records of the telephone number Leek had provided. Four calls had been made from it to the Fort Myers area, and three calls had been made to it from Jamaica. The number was registered to Apartment 509 at 707 W. Martin Luther King Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio. Police found that automobiles registered to Schultz were parked in that complex, but they never observed Schultz on the premises or observed any illegal activities there, prior to obtaining the first search warrant. Leek also told Ideker that he had never been to Apt. 509 and had never purchased controlled substances from that address.

By means of a credit check, Ideker learned that Schultz maintained safe deposit boxes at the Ludlow Street branch of Star Bank in Cincinnati. Through a grand jury subpoena, Ideker identified the exact boxes and learned that Schultz had a loan at Star Bank. On March 19, 1992, on the basis of the foregoing, Ideker obtained from the Hamilton County Municipal Court a warrant to search the safe deposit boxes. Ideker, a trained narcotics officer, conducted the search that same day and found $41,840.00 in U.S. currency in the boxes. He also thought he detected the odor of hashish coming from the boxes, and on the money was a black, tarry substance that Ideker believed to be hashish oil. He did not field test the substance. (A later test confirmed that it was not a controlled substance.)

Later that same day, Ideker obtained a second warrant, this time to search Apt. 509. The affidavit which supported this second warrant included the information from the first affidavit, plus Ideker's discovery of the money and belief that it was smudged with hashish oil, plus his discovery that Apt. 509 was Schultz's residence. Still on the same day, he and other officers conducted the search and found and seized controlled substance, U.S. currency, a triple-beam scale, financial records, keys to safe deposit boxes, and other material.

Later that day Ideker arrested Schultz and another individual and charged them with Trafficking in Marijuana in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2925.03. On April 15, 1992, Schultz was indicted in the Southern District of Ohio for possession of hashish oil

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with intent to distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Sec. 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). Schultz was arrested by federal authorities on April 28, 1992, and the parallel state charges were dismissed.

On June 5, 1992, Schultz moved to suppress the fruits of the two searches on the ground that there had not been probable cause to support the warrants. The district court denied the motion on July 9, 1992, finding that (1) there was probable cause for both warrants, and (2) in any case, the "good faith" exception of U.S. v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897, 104 S.Ct. 3405, 82 L.Ed.2d 677 (1984), applied. On July 17, 1992, Schultz entered a conditional guilty plea to the indictment, reserving his right to appeal the court's denial of his Motion to Suppress.

On appeal, Schultz continues to maintain that there were insufficient indicia of probable cause to issue either warrant. He argues further that, if this court were to find that there were sufficient indicia of probable cause for the second warrant but not for the first, he would still be entitled to have his conviction vacated because the second warrant was obtained with the poisonous fruits of the first warrant.

There was more than good reason for Officer Ideker to believe that a crime had been committed. Leek identified Schultz by name and supplied the telephone number from which he...

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