Feds mum about raid on luxury used car dealer
SAN DIEGO — A task force made up of federal agents, police and deputies raided a luxury used car dealer in the Grantville area Wednesday morning.
Agents simultaneously raided at least two residences in the Del Cerro area — one in the 6700 block of Park Ridge Boulevard and another on Madras Avenue. Officials would not say whether those raids were related to the raid at the dealership.
Police cordoned off the dealership located at 6045 Mission Gorge before 8 a.m. Squad cars from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the San Diego Police Department and the El Cajon Police Department were parked at the lot.
Federal agents, Border Patrol agents and at least one member of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division were seen at the dealership, prompting speculation that the investigation could involve tax fraud or money laundering.
Law enforcement sources said the operation is under the direction of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, but they would not say why the business was being raided.
Felicia McCain, a public information officer for the IRS, confirmed that the agency was involved in a “law enforcement operation” but referred further questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Debra Hartman also confirmed that an operation was under way but would not release any details about the case, including the locations of the raids.
“I am sorry, but we have no comment at this time,” Hartman said.
A spokesman for the FBI did not respond to a request for comment.