A federal grand jury has issued an indictment charging State Sen. Leland Yee, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 other defendants with firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes and honest services fraud.
The indictment follows the March 26 arrests during an elaborate FBI raid authorized by a federal criminal complaint.
The complaint accuses the San Francisco Democrat of engaging in a conspiracy to traffic firearms and accepting campaign donations in exchange for official acts. In one instance, Yee, who has been a strong advocate for gun control during his decade in the state Legislature, warning that such business dealings are "not for the faint of heart," according to the complaint.
The indicment charges Yee with honest services conspiracy, wire fraud and conspiracy to deal in firearms and import firearms.
Chow's charges include money laundering, unlicensed firearms dealing and conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes.
One of the places the FBI searched on March 26 was at the San Francisco Chinatown office of the Chee Kung Tong at 36 Spofford Street, where Chow, a notorious former Chinatown gangster, conducts business.
The FBI also arrested Keith Jackson, a well-known political consultant who owns San Francisco-based political consulting firm Jackson Consultancy.
The complaint also says that Jackson is a close associate of Lee and has been involved in raising campaign funds for him from at least through May 2011 to the present.
Jackson, who faces public corruption, gun and drug charges, was released on $250,000 bail from an Oakland jail cell on Thursday.