By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com and Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: May 8, 2018 at 9:20 am |

FBI agents on Tuesday raided Adelanto City Hall and the home of the mayor in a widening corruption probe into the High Desert town’s dealings with marijuana businesses.

Agents also served search warrants at the Jet Room, an Adelanto marijuana dispensary, and the Professional Lawyers Group in San Bernardino, which is the law office of the Jet Room’s attorney, Philip E. Rios.

The law office’s general counsel, David R. Serrano, is the brother of Jet Room owner Manuel “Manny” Serrano, Rios confirmed in a telephone interview Tuesday. He declined further comment.

The warrants were sealed by a federal court, and FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said she could not comment on the the documents other than to say they did involve “an investigation into criminal activity.” No arrest warrants were issued, she said.

Several agencies were involved in the investigation, including the Internal Revenue Service, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department, Eimiller said.

A woman standing on the sidewalk outside Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr’s home Tuesday morning smoking a cigarette, who identified herself as his daughter but refused to give her name, said her mother called her to inform her what was going on.

“They’re just doing their due diligence,” she said of the FBI agents searching her parents’ home, located across from a small park in a neighborhood about five minutes from City Hall. “They’re just making copies of everything to make sure there’s no city property here. They won’t say much.”

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