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FBI Agents Raid Offices of State Sen. Ron Calderon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTLA) — FBI agents raided the office of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) at the Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday, the first such raid in 25 years, authorities said.

ron-calderonThe agents also searched the office of the Latino Legislative Caucus, of which Calderon is a member.

After about a 90-minute search, agents walked out carrying boxes of evidence as well as a black briefcase.

Authorities would not say what they were looking for, citing a court order that prevented them them from releasing any details surrounding the investigation.

“The affidavit in support is under seal and we are prohibited from commenting,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

The agency was “taking evidence respective to an ongoing investigation,” Eimiller said.

Calderon, whose whereabouts were unclear at the time of the raid, is part of a political dynasty that stretches back three decades.

Since 1983, a member of his family has held a seat in the California State Legislature.

Calderon previously came under scrutiny for his handling of his legal defense fund, which was set up to cover costs stemming from a vote re-count in 2006.

The senator received a warning letter, but he was not penalized.

Calderon has not commented on the FBI raid, but his attorney, Mark Geragos, provided the following statement:

“This is a leak from the U.S. Department of Justice. They should be ashamed of themselves. If I could shed more light on this, I would.”