On May 21, Calexico councilmembers David Romero and Bruno Suarez-Soto were arraigned and charged, via video. The politicians were charged with accepting $35,ooo in bribes to facility a local cannabis license.
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- In the US Attorneys’ Southern District of California announcement, the men are said to have received the money from an undercover FBI agent they thought represented investors. According to the US Attorneys, the councilmembers had taken bribes in the past. “This isn’t our first rodeo,” is what law enforcement says they said.
- Romero was set to be named mayor in July. He and Suarez were released on $10,000 bonds.