BY BRIAN HEWS • September 30, 2020
A lawsuit obtained by HMG-CN is alleging that East Los Angeles political operative Mario Beltran has been demanding kickbacks from businesses trying to open a marijuana dispensary in Commerce and that some city officials are participating in the extortion.
The lawsuit was filed by From the Earth, LLC and includes Beltran and the city of Commerce.
In an explosive accusation, the lawsuit stated, “the action is based upon the corrupt conduct of the city of Commerce illegally conspiring with convicted felon and disgraced former Bell City Councilman Mario Beltran to develop a plan in which each would profit off the issuance of licenses in the city of Commerce.”
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