by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The federal government wants to keep custody of more than $250,000 in cash that was seized during a search warrant at the former Blue House Lounge in Upper Tumon. The case has been lagging in the District Court as the matter went to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that later affirmed the suppression of evidence in the criminal case.
Song and In Ha Cha were charged with federal crimes of conspiracy, sex trafficking and coercion and enticement to travel for the purpose of prostitution. Most of the evidence in the case was thrown out and the feds are now looking to preserve the availability of the Cha couple's cash for forfeiture.
Defense attorney Howard Trapp, however, opposes the restraining order, saying it's unnecessary since the money cannot be transferred or concealed since it's already been seized and deposited into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Penalty and Forfeiture Fund pending the final disposition of the case.