State Sen. Leland Yee, who has represented Woodside and Portola Valley in the state Legislature, was arrested this morning (March 26) by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the agency executed numerous raids and arrest warrants throughout the Bay Area, an FBI spokesman said.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Mr. Yee was arrested on public corruption charges.
He is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins this afternoon at 1:30 p.m., FBI spokesman Peter Lee said.
One of warrants was served at the Ghee Kung Tong Supreme Lodge in San Francisco's Chinatown, which houses the Chinese Freemasons of the World at 36 Spofford St., Mr. Lee said.
Among the arrestees was also Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, who has a lengthy prior criminal history dating back to the 1970s and connections to Chinatown-based gangs. Mr. Chow was arrested at the lodge, according to Mr. Lee.
FBI agents were at the Ghee Kung Tong building throughout the morning and were expected to bring down materials and equipment over the next several hours, FBI Special Agent Michael Gimble said.
Uniformed agents were leaving the red building throughout the morning, with some of them carrying bulletproof vests in their hands.
At around 11:30 a.m., a small group of San Francisco firefighters brought into the Ghee Kung Tong building a circular saw and a hand-held Jaws of Life tool. They declined to offer details on why the equipment was needed.