HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. – Immigration officials executed a federal criminal search warrant at the Southeastern Provision meatpacking plant in Bean Station, Tennessee, on April 5.
According to a statement released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer Tammy Spicer, 97 people were arrested during a search by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The individuals detained could be deported.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division also participated in the search.
Spicer stated that 10 people were arrested on federal criminal charges, one was arrested on state charges and 86 were arrested on administrative charges for being in the US illegally.
Of the 86 administrative arrests, ICE placed 54 individuals in detention while 32 others were released from custody, according to the statement.