Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards defends brother, Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards: 'He did not engage in anything improper, much less illegal'
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday gave a forceful defense of his brother, Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards, whose office was raided by the FBI last week in connection with a federal drug probe.
"Without any fear of contradiction or ever being proven wrong, I will tell you now, he did not engage in anything improper, much less illegal," Gov. Edwards told reporters gathered at the Governor's Mansion for an end-of-year news conference. "I have all the confidence in the world in that, and I think that time will bear that out."
Gov. Edwards added that he doesn't "have much information about what they were looking for, why they chose to operate in the manner that they did."
The FBI raided the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, as well as the Hammond Police Department, last Thursday, as part of a U.S. Justice Department investigation of a federal drug task force linked to officers suspected of stealing drugs and cash that had been seized during narcotics investigations. Two former Tangipahoa sheriff's deputies have been charged.