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Feds raid county government offices, courthouse in Laredo, Texas

April 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds raid county government offices, courthouse in Laredo, Texas

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The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety raided the municipal offices in the border city of Laredo, along with the Webb County Courthouse, and other offices seizing materials and sent employees home.

County officials said in a statement Wednesday that the auditor’s office, information technology, and other offices will remain closed until further notice.

City spokeswoman Blasita Lopez told the Laredo Morning Times that agents directed city hall employees to step away from their workstations.

In a statement, the FBI declined to reveal what prompted the raid, if there were arrests but said there’s no threat to public safety.

FBI raid government offices in Laredo, Texas

“While we can’t discuss the nature of the work we are doing, there is no public safety threat at the locations where we are present, The public buildings in the Laredo area were not being evacuated as some concerned citizens may have reported; rather, employees working in certain areas were asked to leave,” FBI spokesman Michelle Lee wrote in an email.

Despite the FBI’s reluctance to reveal further detail into the investigation, a source in Laredo told JammedUp News that the raids were the result of an investigation into corruption by county and city officials.

Agents also raided a private engineering company in Laredo and Houston. In a statement, an attorney for Dannenbaum Engineering said the firm is cooperating with federal agents and is performing its own investigation into what prompted the raid.

“Corruption in Webb County has been going on for too long,” said Webb County Commissioner John Galo, who added that the raids did not surprise him.

With the Associated Press

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