Federal agents searched an egg farm today that animal rights activists targeted in 2011. No criminal arrests were made, but agents detained 10 employees on immigration-related charges.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters / File
Dozens of federal homeland security agents searched Sparboe Farms in Litchfield on Tuesday as part of what authorities called a "larger criminal investigation," but details about the nature of the operation were not disclosed.
No criminal arrests were made, but 10 people were picked up on an administrative charge that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement often uses to detain possible illegal immigrants. ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said he could not provide details because the investigation is ongoing.
Neudauer said that as of midday Tuesday, two of those arrested had been released, but the rest were still in custody and their cases were being reviewed in light of the wider investigation.
Sparboe Farms spokesman Chuck Sanger said in a statement that the company complies with immigration laws and takes them seriously. He said Sparboe verifies employee documentation and provides ongoing training to those involved in hiring.