Feds storm electronics shop in Homeland Security raid

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — Little is known about the raids conducted Tuesday on electronics businesses in Taylor and Troy.

Although Taylor and Troy police officers supported the investigation by Homeland Security, a spokesman said that the warrants executed were part of a federal operation.

“There’s not a lot of information available,” said Khaalid Walls, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security. “Homeland Security investigations executed search warrants at those two businesses as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.”

Shortly after 8 a.m. federal agents swarmed the parking lot of Ace Wholesale Inc., 7815 Telegraph, and executed a search warrant. The business was shuttered and closed during the operation; Walls said there were no arrests and declined comment on what if anything was taken from the business by investigators. Agents were seen loading boxes from the business into a truck parked in the rear.

Taylor Police Cmdr. Mary Sclabassi declined to comment on the raid, and said that officers were on hand to support the raid but were not the lead investigators.

Specifics of the invessuspects were not available. “The documents related to that are sealed in federal court,” Walls said.

The Taylor outlet of Ace Wholesale remained closed as of press time.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)