Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents raid Alachua law office

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FDLE agents blocked off Boukari Law with yellow crime time during a Wednesday raid.
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents raided the offices of an Alachua attorney and newspaper publisher on Wednesday.  

FDLE did not return a request for comment about the raid at the law office of Bryan Boukari, who specializes in small business, employment, real estate and family law. He’s also the publisher of Alachua County Today, a community newspaper that shares a building with Boukari’s law office.  

WCJB, which first reported the raid, reported that agents were on the scene for four hours and could be seen removing files and books.  

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Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies were present, but spokesperson Art Forgey said the search warrant was executed by FDLE.  

Alachua City Commissioner Ed Potts told Mainstreet that he received an alert from City Manager Mike DaRoza about the raid, but city officials did not have any information about its purpose.  

“It has nothing to do with the city at this point in time,” Potts said in a phone interview.  

In March, an FDLE investigation into “crimes against children” at Santa Fe High School became public. Less than two weeks later, the school put its head baseball coach on administrative leave

Potts said it was unclear whether the Santa Fe investigation is related to the Boukari raid.  

“The FDLE has no obligation to share information with us, because it doesn’t involve the city,” he said.  

Alachua attorney Bobi Frank, who is representing plaintiffs in litigation related to the high school investigation, did not return a request for comment.  

Wednesday’s raid came the day before Alachua’s biggest event of the year. City officials expect some 25,000 visitors to attend its annual Fourth of July Celebration Thursday night at the Legacy Park Recreation Complex.

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