Foley, Minn. vegetable farm raided by federal investigators

Foley, Minn. vegetable farm raided by federal investigators

Federal investigators raided a Foley, Minn. farm on Thursday morning. Officials didn't reveal the nature of the investigation, but the owner of the farm told Fox 9 all of his migrant workers are there legally.

A helicopter and at least a dozen unmarked SUVS and cars surrounded the central Minnesota house and another dozen surrounded a warehouse on the Svihel Vegetable Farm, which is owned by John and Julie Svihel

John Svihel told Fox 9 he was surprised, and maintained that all of his migrant workers were there legally, supported by the fact that none of them were taken away. Investigators did seize computers and boxes of files, however.

Some agents on-scene were with Homeland Security Investigations, others were with the state department's law enforcement arm, Diplomatic Security Services (DSS). A DSS spokesperson referred questions to the U.S. Attorney's Office, and neither offered comment. The common ground between all the agencies present is they investigate VISA fraud and the exploitation of migrant workers, but none of the agencies would confirm if that was the focus of the search, which lasted about 5 hours.

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