9News Investigators: Sorrento councilman's home raided by FBI

9News Investigators: Sorrento Councilman's home raided by FBI
(Source: The Creole)
(Source: The Creole)

SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - Sorrento Police Chief Fern Barnett confirms that Sorrento Councilman Randy Anny's home was raided Tuesday.

"He called me knowing I would be concerned. He called saying he wasn't arrested or anything. They took his boat," said Chief Barnett.

Chief Barnett says federal agents and an Ascension Sheriff's Deputy were at Anny's home and took his boat. She said Anny came to Town Hall Tuesday after agents served him a search warrant and showed the chief the warrant.

"I have no idea what spurred the search warrant," stated Chief Barnett.

She said she read the warrant herself and that it did not have Anny's name on it. Instead, the warrant was specific to only the boat, motor and trailer.

Chief Barnett said, according to what Anny told her, the boat had been sitting in his driveway for a while and agents had to take some of the tires and put air in them before they were able to take the boat.

"The boat has been sitting there for a really long time without moving," said Chief Barnett.

When Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley was asked if he knew about a potential raid at Anny's home, he said "no comment." The State Attorney General's Office had no comment and the FBI spokesperson in New Orleans, Craig C. Betbeze did not confirm nor deny anything.

"The FBI generally cannot comment on or even confirm its existence on any pending investigation until it is in public record," said Betbeze.

Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert said he had no knowledge of what happened.

Several neighbors said they did see law enforcement vehicles in Anny's driveway, with one saying he watched the boat being hauled away.

Calls into Anny were not returned.

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