Your client, Mel Gordon, owns a steakhouse and sushi bar. He keeps his desk where he does the restaurant’s paper work in the back of the kitchen because there is not enough room for a separate office. The restaurant inspector demanded to see what was in the desk drawers because he said anything in the kitchen could potentially contaminate the food and he had to be sure there were no prohibited substances in the desk. He objected, but when he threatened to close the restaurant, he opened the drawers. The inspector found an illegal sawed-off shotgun the owner uses for protection. He is now being prosecuted for possession of an illegal weapon.
Please draft a memo for your supervising attorney to resolve the following issue: Is this a proper administrative search?