We find the district court properly denied Pargo’s motion to suppress the evidence from both searches. Contrary to Pargo’s claim on appeal, the officers did not exceed the scope of his consent when looking for crack cocaine and a firearm above a ceiling tile in the motel bathroom. As for the search warrant, we reject Pargo’s pro se claim that the warrant lacked probable cause because the confidential informant had not previously supplied information to assist police. The warrant application contained credible independent evidence corroborating the informant’s statements. We also find no merit in Pargo’s pro se claim that the State failed to offer sufficient evidence to corroborate his confessions of drug dealing.
I. Background Facts and Proceedings
A. Polk County Case No. FECR234743
Des Moines police officers executed a search warrant for a residence located at 1549 Des Moines Street on January 22, 2010. When the search team reached the house, Pargo opened the side door, leaning out to see who was approaching. Execution of the warrant was complicated by an electric company’s work at the address, which had shut down the power lines to the house.
Judge(s): Mary Tabor
Jurisdiction: Iowa Court of Appeals
|Trial Court Judge(s)|
|Court of Appeals Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|John Audlehelm||Audlehelm Law Office|
|William Pargo||Pro Se|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Bridget Chambers||Office of the Iowa Attorney General|
|Thomas Miller||Office of the Iowa Attorney General|
|Steven Bayens||Office of the Polk County Attorney|
|John Sarcone||Office of the Polk County Attorney|