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FBI raids Compton councilman’s home, Baldwin Park city attorney’s office in pot inquiry

Allegations of misconduct at Baldwin Park City Hall regarding cannabis permits led the FBI last week to search the law offices of the city attorney as well as the home of a Compton councilman.  (Jesse Goddard / For The Times)

FBI agents served search warrants last week at the home of a Compton city councilman and the law offices of the Baldwin Park city attorney, part of a federal investigation examining Baldwin Park’s dealings with cannabis businesses, according to sources familiar with the probe.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed that the two addresses were among those searched last Wednesday but declined further comment, saying that a judge had sealed the supporting affidavits.

It’s not clear what exactly federal agents are investigating or whether Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan or Baldwin Park City Atty. Robert Tafoya, whose home and offices, respectively, were searched, are targets. The spokeswoman said neither man has been arrested.

The raids come amid controversy over Baldwin Park’s approval of licenses for cultivation, distribution, manufacturing and testing cannabis.

In September, a former Baldwin Park police officer said in a sworn declaration that he had received complaints from three cannabis operations alleging “questionable business practices, which included paying as much as $250,000 cash in a brown paper bag to city officials.”

The declaration, signed by a retired police lieutenant who had helped oversee regulating cannabis businesses in the city, was filed in defense of a former police chief the city accused of unrelated wrongdoing. The declaration’s allegations about cannabis businesses do not mention Tafoya or Galvan.

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Published: November 03, 2020

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