Feds: Cudahy official sent employees on drug runs
A high-ranking Cudahy official directed employees to pick up narcotics and pain medications for use at City Hall, where drug abuse took place, a federal court document says.
The document describes drug abuse, specifically the use of pain medication, between then acting city manager Angel Perales and a ranking city official identified only as “G.P.”
“G.P.” would instruct Perales and other city employees to bring “narcotic pain medications for use at Cudahy City Hall,” according to federal investigators.
Authorities also allege that Perales would pick up bribes for his boss, including from a developer in 2006 whose brother-in-law delivered his payment in a “shoe box containing several thousand dollars.”
After counting the money, Perales’ boss handed Perales $3,000 from the shoe box, the complaint states.
The documents were part of the plea agreements of two Cudahy city officials who agreed Thursday to plead guilty to bribery and extortion.
Perales and former mayor David Silva have agreed to plead guilty to bribery and extortion. A third official, former Councilman Osvaldo Conde was also arrested on bribery charges.
The documents shed light on a culture of corruption within City Hall, with widespread bribery, developer payoffs and voter fraud.
-- Hector Becerra
Photo: Cudahy community activist Jorge Reyes holds a sign while listening to City Council members as residents rallied at City Hall this month. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times