San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus was arrested today by investigators of the San Bernardino County District Attorneys office on charges drug possession.
The investigators arrested Assessor Bill Postmus this morning during a raid that included a search of his Rancho Cucamonga apartment. This was only one of seven warrants executed by the San Bernardino DA's office in its corruption probe of Postmus and the Assessor's office.
While the search of Bill Postmus' apartment was related to the Mike Ramos' corruption investigation of Bill Postmus, the DA investigators discovered methamphetamine (a felony) and drug paraphernalia (a misdemeanor) and arrested Postmus on these charges.
Postmus was booked into San Bernardino County's West Valley Detention Center, then released after posting over $11,000 in bail.
Six other locations were searched as part of the raid that is clearly focusing on the interactions of Postmus' campaign committee, the development company Tri-Land Inc., and two political action committees: Conservatives for a Republican Majority and Inland Action.
Search warrants were also served on the office of Jim Erwin, the Chief of Staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry. Erwin had previously served as Assistant Assessor to Bill Postmus and before that was a San Bernardino County deputy sheriff. As a deputy, Erwin served as president of the powerful San Bernardino County deputies union.
We are sure you will find this shocking dear readers, but both Bill Postmus and Neil Derry ousted incumbents from the Board of Supervisors by running anti-corruption campaigns.
Our source tells us that the corruption probe by the DA's office is focusing in on favors Postmus may have given political contributors to his campaign committee and to the two PAC's by lowering the assessed value of their property, thus lowering the amount of taxes they paid to the County.
Bill Postmus has been under fire for several months now following the indictment of another of his former Assistant Assessors, Adam Aleman. Aleman was charged with six felonies and is believed to be cooperating with the District Attorneys office, which helped them focus their attention to the locations they searched today.
Both Conservatives for a Republican Majority and Inland Action are said to have been involved in Riverside County campaigns. It is not clear at this point if any Riverside County politicians will be implicated in Postmus' corruption probe. But as always dear readers, we will keep you up to date as events unfold.