“Money makes the monkey dance,” city manager Angel Perales used to tell business owners in the California city of Cudahy. Perales, along with Mayor David Silva and a city councilman, now stands accused of accepting bribes in exchange for their support in the opening of a medical-pot shop in town. “The allegations in this case describe a corrosive and freewheeling attitude among certain officials in the city of Cudahy,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. told reporters. Court documents say that the three men accepted $15,000 from a man who wanted to open a medical-marijuana dispensary—a man who happened to be working as an informant for the FBI.
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