Hansen asks court to suppress search warrants

Hansen Helicopters (PNC file photo)

Hansen Helicopters is asking the federal district court to suppress evidence related to search warrants issued in the case, arguing that they were carried out illegally.

However, the government characterized the move as an effort to short-circuit the judicial process.

Hansen Helicopters and its top executives were implicated in a scheme to defraud the government involving the leasing of un-worthy helicopters to tuna boat operators.

According to the government, their actions resulted in the deaths of nine individuals and bodily injuries to numerous individuals in over 25 helicopter accidents.

Hansen Helicopters petitioned the court to suppress search warrants related to the case on several grounds.

They argue that at the time of the interrogations, the government viewed Marvin Reed as a suspect. He was held in a custodial setting and he was not read his Miranda Rights nor did he waive them. Because of this, statements made to authorities were involuntary.

But the government argued that the move to suppress is simply a last-ditch effort by the defendants to avoid any responsibility for their criminal actions.

The government further argued that the warrants preceded an indictment of the defendants and no proof of ownership of the helicopters is needed for the superseding indictment.

John Walker, Marvin Reed, Kenneth Crowe, Phillip Kapp Randall Rogers, and Hansen Helicopters are all defendants in the case.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.