Three Cudahy, CA city officials, including the mayor, have been charged with accepting bribes for supporting the opening of a medical marijuana collective in the city.
Mayor David Silva, Head of the city’s code enforcement division Angel Perales, and City Council member Osbaldo Conde were arrested after accepting $17,000 in cash from an FBI informant after weeks of discussing and soliciting bribes.
Perales is the one who allegedly brokered the deal. The three men each face up to 10 years in prison should they be found guilty.
Cudahy, a city of approximately 25,000 residents in East Los Angeles County, currently has a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. City manager Hector Rodriguez has said that he hopes to extend the moratorium for another year.
US Attorney Andrew Birotte, Jr. said of the case, “The allegations in this case describe a corrosive and freewheeling attitude among certain officials in the city of Cudahy. The Department of Justice will aggressively investigate and pursue cases like this to ensure that the integrity of good government is protected and preserved.”
The cases are U.S. v. Conde, 12-1490M, U.S. v. Perales, 12-1491M, and U.S. v. Silva, 12-1492M, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles.)