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U.S. v. Salinas

United States District Court, D. Kansas
Oct 19, 2011
Case No. 11-10169-01-EFM (D. Kan. Oct. 19, 2011)


Case No. 11-10169-01-EFM.

October 19, 2011


Defendant Gabriel Salinas was indicted on one charge of possession with intent to distribute approximately 43.79 grams of methamphetamine. Before the Court is Defendant's Motion to Dismiss the Indictment (Doc. 13) due to a violation of Rule 5(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution. For the following reasons, the Court denies the motion.

I. Factual Background

The parties do not dispute the facts relevant to the instant motion and the following recitation relays the facts as set out by the parties and exhibits.

The Kiowa County Sheriff's Department arrested Salinas in Greensburg, Kansas, on June 17, 2011. That same day, Salinas was booked into the Kiowa County Jail on several state charges. On June 20, 2011, the Kiowa County Attorney filed a complaint in state court charging Salinas with three felonies and six misdemeanors. On June 23, 2011, Salinas was brought before a state court judge for a first appearance. The State brought additional charges against Salinas on June 30, 2011.

On August 18, 2011, the District of Kansas charged Salinas by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute. On August 22, 2011, federal agents arrested Salinas and he was taken into federal custody. Later that same day, Salinas made his first appearance in the District of Kansas before a federal magistrate judge. Salinas brings the present motion alleging that the six-day delay between his arrest by state officials and his first appearance in state court violated Rule 5(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as Salinas's constitutional rights.

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II. Legal Standard

A. Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 5(a)

Rule 5(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure states in relevant part, "A person making an arrest within the United States must take the defendant without unnecessary delay before a magistrate judge, or before a state or local judicial officer. . . ." Rule 5(a) is a codification of Supreme Court precedent intended to prevent law enforcement officers from obtaining a confession before giving a suspect notice of his or her constitutional rights. In light of this purpose, if an arresting officer violates Rule 5(a) and the suspect subsequently makes an incriminating statement or confession, the statement must be suppressed regardless of its voluntariness. Nevertheless, this remedy is not a Constitutional prohibition, and "[i]t applies only to federal officials and an arrest under federal law."

See United States v. Torres, 663 F.2d 1019, 1023 (10th Cir. 1981).

Butterwood v. United States, 365 F.2d 380, 384 (10th Cir. 1966) (citations omitted).


B. Fourth Amendment

C. Fifth Amendment

Fourth Amendment Fourth AmendmentFifth Amendment to the Constitution

Cnty. of Riverside v. McLaughlin, 500 U.S. 44, 56 (1991) (citing Gerstein v. Pugh, 420 U.S. 103 (1975)); see also U.S. Const. amend. IV.

McLaughlin, 500 U.S. at 57.

See Powell v. Nevada, 511 U.S. 79, 85 n.* (1994) ("Whether a suppression remedy applies in that setting remains an unresolved question.").

See United States v. Russell, 411 U.S. 423, 431-32 (1973).

United States v. Comosona, 848 F.2d 1110, 1113 (10th Cir. 1988).

See United States v. Colonna, 360 F.3d 1169, 1176-77 (10th Cir. 2004); United States v. Revada, 574 F.2d 1047, 1048 (10th Cir. 1978).

United States v. Padilla, 819 F.2d 952, 963 (10th Cir. 1987) (citation omitted).

III. Analysis

Salinas alleges that the six-day delay between his arrest by state law enforcement officials and his appearance before a state court judge constitutes a violation of Rule 5(a) as well as the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. The Court disagrees and concludes that Salinas is not entitled to dismissal of the federal indictment on any of the grounds cited in his motion.

First, Rule 5(a) did not become applicable until Salinas was taken into federal custody on August 22, 2011. Salinas appeared before a federal magistrate "without unnecessary delay" on the same day of his arrest. Salinas correctly notes that "delay between a defendants [sic] arrest on state charges and presentment to a federal magistrate on subsequent federal charges does not allow for any remedy." Salinas argues, however, that the state and federal government colluded to cause the delay. Furthermore, Salinas notes that the Supreme Court has left open the possibility of affording a remedy in the event "state or local authorities, acting in collusion with federal officers, were to arrest and detain someone in order to allow the federal agents to interrogate him in violation of his right to a prompt federal presentment." But the Supreme Court declined to announce an appropriate remedy under such circumstances because the pending case presented no evidence that complicity between the state and federal government caused the defendant to confess. Similarly, Salinas has not provided any evidence of collusion in this case beyond his own conclusory allegations.

See, e.g., United States v. Alvarez-Sanchez, 511 U.S. 350, 358 (1994) ("Plainly, a duty to present a person to a federal magistrate does not arise until the person has been arrested for a federal offense." (Emphasis in original)). Torres, 663 F.2d at 1023 ("Rule 5(a) becomes applicable once the accused is taken into federal custody."); Butterwood, 365 F.2d at 384 ("[Rule 5(a)] has no application to an arrest made under state law."); Swift v. United States, 314 F.2d 860, 862 (10th Cir. 1963) ("[Rule 5(a)] has no application in this instance since the record here is clear that, at the time the statement was made by Swift, he had been arrested on a state charge and was in the sole custody of state officers.").

Doc. 13, p. 5.

See Anderson v. United States, 318 U.S. 350, 356 (1943) (concluding that where a working arrangement existed between state and federal officials that facilitated abuse of process leading to a suspect's incriminating statements, the fact that the federal officers were not guilty of wrongdoing is irrelevant), accord Torres, 663 F.2d at 1024.

Alvarez-Sanchez, 511 U.S. at 359-60 (noting that collusion between state or local authorities and federal officials is "one presumably rare scenario that might present some potential for confusion," but declining to consider the appropriate remedy in the event of such collusion).


See Torres, 663 F.2d at 1024 (citations omitted) ("More than a `bare suspicion' of a working arrangement is required to show constructive federal custody as having occurred at the moment of state arrest.").

Second, the government did not violate Salinas's Fourth Amendment rights because he appeared before a federal magistrate less than 24 hours after Salina's arrest by federal officials. It is inarguable that Salinas did not receive a judicial determination of probable cause on state charges within 48 hours of his arrest by state officials. But as Salinas acknowledges, no precedent authorizes the dismissal of a federal indictment as a remedy for constitutional violations by the state.

McLaughlin, 500 U.S. at 56. The Supreme Court has noted that hearings held within the 48-hour period may nonetheless violate the Fourth Amendment if the detainee "can prove that his or her probable cause determination was delayed unreasonably." Id. In this case, however, Salinas has not made any allegation that there was unreasonable delay between the time of his arrest by federal officers and his appearance before the magistrate judge.

See, e.g., United States v. Headdress, 953 F. Supp. 1272, 1294 (D. Utah, 1996) (noting that 48-hour rule announced in McLaughlin did not take effect with respect to federal charges until the defendant was arrested by federal officers).

Finally, the federal government has not violated Salinas's right under the Fifth Amendment to due process of law. Aside from the six-day delay between Salina's arrest and arraignment at the state level, Salinas does not allege any improper conduct by federal officials, let alone outrageous conduct that is "shocking to the universal sense of justice."

Russell, 411 U.S. at 432; see also Padilla, 819 F.2d at 963 ("[G]eneral, vague, and conclusory assertions of prejudice [are] inadequate to establish a due process violation.").

The Court concludes that the government did not violate Salinas's rights under Rule 5(a) or the Constitution. For this reason, it is unnecessary to consider the legal question of whether a violation of Rule 5(a) warrants dismissal of an indictment as well as suppression of incriminating statements. IT IS ACCORDINGLY ORDERED this 19th day of October, 2011 that Defendant's Motion to Dismiss the Indictment (Doc. 13) is hereby DENIED.

See, e.g., United States v. Arriola-Perez, 137 Fed. Appx. 119, 126 n. 4 (10th Cir. 2005) (declining to consider whether Rule 5(a) is grounds for dismissal as well as suppression, and noting that courts are undecided on the issue). The Court nonetheless notes that "the majority of courts addressing whether dismissal is appropriate when Rule 5(a) is violated hold that dismissal is inappropriate." United States v. Ambriz-Valenzuela, No., 2011 WL 2579773, at *4 (D. Kan. June 28, 2011). Furthermore, the case Salinas cites as support for his dismissal argument is distinguishable on its facts because the defendant in that case was detained 106 days — 100 days longer than Salinas — before he was presented to the judge. See United States v. Osunde, 638 F. Supp. 171, 173 (N.D. Cal. 1986).


Summaries of

U.S. v. Salinas

United States District Court, D. Kansas
Oct 19, 2011
Case No. 11-10169-01-EFM (D. Kan. Oct. 19, 2011)
Case details for

U.S. v. Salinas

Case Details

Full title:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. GABRIEL SALINAS, Defendant

Court:United States District Court, D. Kansas

Date published: Oct 19, 2011


Case No. 11-10169-01-EFM (D. Kan. Oct. 19, 2011)