The FBI conducted a series of raids in the desert town of Adelanto Tuesday, executing search warrants at multiple locations including a dispensary, city hall, and Mayor Rich Kerr’s home. Agents worked in conjunction with the IRS, the San Bernadino County District Attorney’s office, and the Sheriff’s Department.
The raids are part of a sweeping investigation into possible bribery and corruption happening in the cannabis-friendly town of Adelanto.
The FBI is not currently releasing detailed information about the warrants but a spokesperson for the bureau did say they are related to a investigation into criminal activity.
Early reports stated that Mayor Kerr was taken away in handcuff. There were no arrests made during any of the day’s raids though boxes and storage bins were confiscated from Kerr’s home.
Mayor Kerr was the subject of a sexual harrassment and workplace humiliation lawsuit by an intern earlier this year but was cleared of any wrongdoing in an inpdependent investigation.
City Hall was closed during the raids and Adelanto public information officer Michael Stevens said the city is unaware of the nature of the FBI’s ongoing investigation but is prepared to fully cooperate with the agency.