TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish spoke publicly Friday about an FBI raid on his Hammond headquarters.
His comments came the day after dozens of agents swept in to shut down the sheriff's office and the Hammond Police Department. All day long agents pored over documents and removed boxloads of materials. The investigation appears to involve possible wrongdoing by officers involved in a federal drug task force. Two deputies were fired earlier this year.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards released a statement to the media that read, in part:
"As you know, yesterday the FBI executed search warrants at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office and the Hammond Police Department in connection with the federal government's ongoing investigation into the DEA task force that had been operating in our parish.
"I cannot provide any details about the investigation or the search warrant, because these matters are under seal by court order. I would tell you to direct any and all questions to the FBI.
"I can tell you that my office has cooperated with the federal authorities since the beginning of their investigation, that aside from the two individuals who have been charged—Karl Newman and Johnny Domingue—no one in the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office has been notified that they are targets of the federal investigation, and that we will continue to cooperate with the federal government."