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Ex-Calif. officials each get 2 years in cannabis permit bribe row

Two former California city officials on Wednesday were each sentenced to two years in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for expediting a cannabis dispensary permit application, according to a statement from the U. S. Department of Justice.

Former Calexico Councilman David Romero, 37, and ex-economic development Commissioner Bruno Suarez-Soto, 29, took the cash bribe from an undercover agent who they believed was an investor looking to open a cannabis dispensary.

According to charging documents, Romero and Suarez-Soto accepted two payments of $17,500 from the FBI agent in restaurant parking lots in December 2019 and January 2020, promising the agent a “top…

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Published: May 10, 2021

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