United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division
OPINION AND ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO
STEPHEN J. MURPHY, III United States District Judge
Government charged Defendant Jackson with two counts of sex
trafficking in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a). He has
moved to suppress evidence seized during a November 17, 2016
search of his home and his LG cell phone. For the reasons
stated below, the Court will deny the motion.
November 16, 2016, police received the first of a series of
911 calls from an adult woman residing at 3004 S. Electric,
Detroit, Michigan. The woman complained that Jackson
physically assaulted another woman in the residence. Police
responded. After the police arrived at 3004 S. Electric, the
woman who called 911 told them that a woman had been
assaulted by Jackson and was still in the house. Police
entered the residence to search for the alleged victim. Body
cameras captured the police officers' actions inside the
residence. The videos show officers looking through dresser
drawers and looking under furniture. Later, officers obtained
a warrant from a Wayne County judge to search 3004 S.
Electric. ECF 19-2 The search-warrant affidavit made the
following factual allegations:
• The affiant, a Canton police officer, had served for
six years on the FBI's Southeast Michigan Trafficking and
Exploitation Crimes Task Force (SEMTEC). Id. ¶
• On November 17, 2016, Adult Victim (AV) - 1 called 911
to report that she and three other females (including a 14
and 16 year old) lived at 3004 S. Electric, Detroit, Michigan
and had been forced to work as prostitutes by Jackson. AV-1
alleged Jackson was their pimp. Id. ¶ 3.
• When officers responded to 3004 S. Electric, the minor
girls were not present. AV-1 told officers that Jackson had
physically assaulted the girls, and she had helped them to
escape through a bathroom window. Id. ¶ 5.
• AV-1 told officers that Jackson gave the females drugs
and beat them if they refused to work as prostitutes.
Id. ¶ 6.
ECF 19-2, PgID 76-77.
officers also obtained a warrant to search Jackson's cell
phone. ECF 19-3. The cell-phone affidavit reiterated the
factual allegations above and added the following statements:
• AV-1 told officers that Jackson used a LG cell phone
to take photos of the females, post the photos on
"Backpage, " and set up "dates" for the
females. Id. ¶ 7.
• The affiant noted that based on his experience
investigating sex trafficking, "Backpage" is a
webpage used to advertise prostitution services, and the term
"date" refers to a prostitute meeting with a
"john" to engage in sexual activities for money.
ECF 19-3, PgID 82-83. Based on the authority of the two
warrants, officers searched Jackson's residence and his
cell phone. Id. at 81. The officers arrested Jackson
and the Government charged him with two counts of sex
trafficking. Jackson now seeks to suppress evidence from the