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The mayor of Santa Ana is named in a lawsuit which alleges the city was clawing in money from bribes in return for guaranteeing a licence to distribute marijuana.
Santa Ana mayor Miguel Pulido was named in the suit along with city employee Yvette Aguilar and the city itself. It alleges the city solicited $25,000 payments and gifts from marijuana dispensaries which would guarantee businesses would be granted a license in a lottery system. It also claims police were used to shut down operations that did not pay up.
"It's deplorable that city officials and people seeking financial gain would use the police to accomplish their self-serving goals, " attorney Matthew Pappas, who is representing the raided shop, said.
catagorically and unequivocally... false."
"There is no money, there is no influencing any process in any manner I think (Pappas) is trying to protect his client and trying to just keep operating illegally. Sometimes the best defense is offense," Pulido added.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
Seeing as how dispensaries deal in large amounts of cash it's possible they were paid off using the same. That makes proving any allegation against them nearly impossible unless warrants were issued to examine their deposits. Even then who knows what they did with the cash.
originally posted by: Echo007
I would like to know why are police destroying the video security system. Only reason to destroy security camera's is to cover up something you do not wish to caught doing.