FBI searches of the Cambridge home and a safe deposit box belonging to a couple of Russian spies turned up some interesting tools of the trade: a Dr. Pepper can with a fake lid; a Coke can with a fake bottom; foreign currency from Europe and Asia; and various identification cards.
Documents unsealed yesterday in US District Court in Boston detailed the items that were seized during searches of 35B Trowbridge St. and a safe deposit box at a Bank of America in Harvard Square shortly after the June 27 arrests of the married couple who passed themselves off as French Canadians Donald Howard Heathfield and Tracey Lee Ann Foley.
Many of the items seized from the home the couple shared with their two sons, ages 16 and 20, included electronics, computer equipment and other gadgetry. A Sony Playstation and games; a Toshiba Satellite computer; cellphones, cameras, laptops, hard drives, memory sticks, credit cards, photos, documents, and files were seized.
The raids also netted numerous unidentified pills and capsules in a variety of colors.
"The pills and vitamins indicate to me that they were well integrated into the Cambridge social scene,'' said Boston attorney Robert Sheketoff, who represented Foley, adding that the unidentified pills were probably vitamins and anti-oxidants.
An FBI affidavit filed in support of the search warrants also revealed that FBI agents seized a bottle of invisible ink in 2006 when they conducted a secret search of an apartment on the same street that the couple lived in before buying the townhouse at 35B Trowbridge St. last month.
The Cambridge couple revealed their true identities as Andrey Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova on Thursday while pleading guilty in federal court in Manhattan to being unregistered agents of a foreign government.
They were among 10 Russian spies who were sent back to their homeland last week in one of the most dramatic spy swaps in US history.
The FBI filed an 73-page affidavit outlining why they wanted to search the Trowbridge Street home that included the criminal complaint that has already been made public. The entire package can be found here.
After the search of the Trowbridge Street residence, the FBI filed a document called a return, which is an inventory of the items seized from inside the spies' home. That document, which includes the reference to the soda cans with fake bottoms, can be found here.
The FBI filed a much smaller, separate package of paperwork, when they sought court permission to search a safe deposit box rented by the spies at the Bank of America branch in Harvard Square. The application for that search warrant can be found here.
The return, which is handwritten by an FBI agent, can be found here.
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