UPDATED 11:35 AM CDT – Iowa's Department of Public Safety's Division of Criminal Investigation was at Agriprocessors this morning and…
… executed search warrants. I confirmed this with Iowa DCI.
An eyewitness reports DCI agents arrested an unspecified number of people at Agriprocessors during the execution of those warrants. No word yet on whether those arrested are management, or if any of them are Rubashkins.
DCI would not confirm or deny the arrests and referred me to the office of Iowa's Attorney General. The AG's office tells me it hopes to have a statement ready later today.
Here is that statement received at 11:30 AM today:
Statement of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office – Friday, August 29, 2008.
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office previously has acknowledged that at the request of the Allamakee County Attorney the AG’s Office is serving in the role of prosecutor in the enforcement of state laws in connection with investigations arising out of the May 12 activities at the Agriprocessors Postville facility. We are assisting the DCI and the Iowa State Division of Labor, which are the investigating agencies. That investigation is not yet complete.
In connection with that investigation, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and assisting agencies executed a search warrant Friday at the Agriprocessors facility in Postville. No one was arrested.
The execution of a search warrant is not a finding of guilt. We note as usual that any potential criminal charge is merely an accusation and any potential defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
I understand a computer(s) and other equipment, possibly including band saws, were seized.
I've been told that yesterday, agents of Iowa OSHA were in Agriprocessors and were upset by what I believe are continued, repeat safety violations – including unguarded band saws.