San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – California State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested and detained Wednesday for public corruption charges during a series of predawn raids by police and FBI agents in Sacramento and the Bay Area.
Yee, 65, was handcuffed and led away from his home in San Francisco before being taken to a federal courthouse in the city’s downtown, the FBI said.
Arrested along with California’s 8th Senate District, which covers about half of San Francisco, and candidate for secretary of state, was notorious former San Francisco gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, who was convicted of gun charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1992 but released in 2003 after cutting a deal with the government to testify against a high-ranking associate.
A spokeswoman for the FBI further said the agency raided other places, served search warrants and made multiple arrests. The places included Yee’s office in the state Capitol in Sacramento and Chow’s fraternity organization Ghee Kung Tong Supreme Lodge on Spofford Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Nine boxes and a paper bag were taken from Yee’s office, which was guarded by California Highway Patrol officers and the Senate sergeant-at-arms around 12:15 p.m.
A building on the 1700 block of Hyde Street and a home on the 600 block of 42nd Avenue in San Mateo were also raided.