Gov. John Bel Edwards’ brother, Daniel is the parish sheriff; his office were unexpectedly raided on Thursday…
Daniel Edwards, the sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish and brother of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, was the subject of an FBI raid Thursday that according to the New Orleans Advocate, even the governor didn’t see coming.
For hours, the most powerful official in Tangipahoa Parish watched in disbelief as more than two dozen federal investigators, armed with a search warrant with Daniel Edwards’ name on it, swarmed through the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The building was closed to the public for the day, alarming visitors who approached the parking lot only to be redirected by an FBI agent wearing tactical gear.
The raid proved as disruptive as a bomb threat, creating a spectacle that attracted television cameras from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. But whether the feds uncovered anything explosive in Edwards’ files remains to be seen.
Ultimately, the raid ended in the seizure of computers, cell phones and case files, but it’s unclear if agents found what they were looking for, but the Advocate noted that the searches “stemmed from a nearly year-old investigation into a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force based in New Orleans that has been accused of peddling narcotics and stealing cash, among other crimes.”
By most accounts, the move to raid the office of the sitting governor’s brother is “a bold move” that one senior law enforcement official called “very unusual.”
But that could be for good reason. Federal authorities could have requested materials of the sheriff outlined in a subpoena, but instead chose to raid his office, suggesting “Edwards himself is under mounting scrutiny, delivering a black eye to a lawman who has campaigned on his integrity and honesty.”
Edwards refused to answer questions from reporters and did not indicate whether he had hired an attorney.
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