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FBI conducts sweep of state Senate office said to be Yee's

April 01, 2014|By Paige St. John
  • State Sen. LeLand Yee (D-San Francisco), left, talks with Assembly members in the Capitol in August 2012. Last week, Yee was arrested on charges of conspiring to illegally deal firearms, public corruption and wire fraud.
State Sen. LeLand Yee (D-San Francisco), left, talks with Assembly members… (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated…)

SACRAMENTO -- Federal agents armed with a search warrant returned to California legislative offices Tuesday to execute a second sweep.

FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankee confirmed the search of an office within the Senate's annex building, but declined to identify the room or name the subject of investigation. Senate workers said it was an overflow office used by Sen. Leland Yee, the San Francisco Democrat arrested last week on political corruption and arms-dealing conspiracy charges. Yee's main office was searched the day of the arrest.

Agents were swift in their search. They had come and gone by the time Larry Levin, an aide to Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), arrived for work Tuesday at an inner office reached by passing through the room used by Yee's staff. "I walked in and didn't know anything had happened," Levin said.

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