January 9, 2013
STATE OF IOWA, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,
BRIAN LEE FRY, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Douglas C. McDonald (motion to suppress), and Christine Dalton (trial and sentencing), District Associate Judges.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Miller, S.J.
A defendant appeals his conviction for possession of marijuana. AFFIRMED.
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Tabor, J., and Miller, S.J.* *Senior judge assigned by order pursuant to Iowa Code section 602.9206 (2013).
Brian Lee Fry was charged with possession of marijuana, in violation of Iowa Code section 124.401(5) (2009), and possession of drug paraphernalia, in violation of Iowa Code section 124.414(2). He filed a motion to suppress evidence seized from his person. The district court overruled the motion. Fry waived his right to jury trial, and the charges were tried to the court without a jury. Fry appeals his resulting conviction for possession of marijuana.*fn1
On appeal Fry presents the following issue:
The District Court Erred in Denying Defendant's Motion to Suppress Where Law Enforcement Expanded the Scope of its Investigation without Reasonable Suspicion of Criminal Activity.
In support of this claim of error Fry cites State v. Pals, 805 N.W.2d 767, 776-77 (Iowa 2011). Pals discussed, but for lack of error preservation declined to address or resolve, the question of the "Legality of Expansion of Seizure for Investigation Unrelated to Purposes of Stop." See 805 N.W.2d at 775-78. The State contends Fry did not preserve error on the issue he attempts to present on appeal.
Fry's motion sought suppression of a baggie of marijuana and a "pot pipe" seized from his person. His motion contended that (1) the "police did not observe Defendant commit any violations of law nor [have] any reasonable grounds to conduct [a] search of Defendant's person," (2) "there was no probable cause to justify the police to search Defendant's person," and (3) "at no time did law enforcement obtain consent by Defendant to search nor were there any lawful grounds for searching Defendant." (Emphasis added.)
At the commencement of the suppression hearing the court inquired of Fry's counsel whether the claim(s) were that (1) "there's no probable cause to justify the search of the Defendant," and (2) "it was not a consent to search." (Emphasis added.) Counsel responded in the affirmative.
At the conclusion of the hearing the district court requested that Fry specifically identify what the police officer did wrong. Fry's counsel stated that
(1) "the officer was not telling the truth about the suspicious activity," (2) "the police report is silent about" the action of Fry and a companion of Fry's, and (3) Fry had been "treated differently than other people," resulting in "a lack of due process."
For two reasons we agree with the State that error was not preserved on the issue Fry attempts to present on appeal. First, the issue presented on appeal, whether a police officer impermissibly expanded the scope of an initial seizure of Fry's person, is not raised, either expressly or by necessary or reasonable implication, by Fry's written motion raising issues concerning a search of his person or by counsel's identification of issues at the time of the suppression hearing.
Second, and more importantly, assuming without so deciding that the written motion or counsel's statements at the hearing can be viewed as raising the issue Fry now attempts to present on appeal, nothing in the district court's on-the-record ruling at the conclusion of the suppression hearing discusses or addresses such an issue. "[I]ssues must be presented to and passed upon by the district court before they can be raised and decided on appeal." State v. Manna, 534 N.W.2d 642, 644 (Iowa 1995). As the issue in question was not passed upon by the district court, we have nothing to review. Id.
We affirm Fry's conviction for possession of marijuana. AFFIRMED.