Two plead guilty in Fall River cannabis license extortion case

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Two males who authorities allege extorted income on behalf of the mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, from corporations looking for to receive a state license to operate cannabis retail organizations have pleaded guilty.

Antonio Costa, 51, of Fall River, and David Hebert, 54, of Westport, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of extortion, conspiracy and producing false statements. They had been released pending sentencing.

Authorities say the two males served as “middlemen” for Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia as he accepted money bribes in exchange for issuing official letters necessary to receive the licenses.

At least 4 marijuana organization owners paid a total of $600,000 in bribes, authorities say.

Correia, 27, pleaded not guilty this month to various federal corruption charges.

The city council final week voted to temporarily get rid of Correia from workplace, but he has refused to leave, saying the council lacks the authority.

Correia, who is up for re-election, will be on the November ballot soon after surviving a preliminary election.

– Related Press and Marijuana Company Each day

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