Authorities raid Gibson Guitar factory in downtown Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Authorities raid Gibson Guitar factory in downtown Memphis

(WMC-TV) - Authorities carried out a raid Wednesday at the Gibson Guitar factory in downtown Memphis.

Few details were released about the raid, which was carried about by agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.

Gibson has been under a cloud of suspicion because of wood that was used in some of its guitars. Gibson's factory in Nashville was raided last year because federal authorities believed some of the company's guitar parts were made from wood that was illegally cut and shipped from Madagascar.

Officials said agents were serving a search warrant as part of the ongoing investigation.

Through a window Wednesday, our cameras rolled as U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents took control of the factory floor and began to inventory stock. Meanwhile, UHaul trucks were waiting at the factory's loading dock to carry away materials.

In addition to activity in Memphis, a government spokesperson said, a similar raid was carried out Wednesday at the Nashville factory.

The factory in Memphis is closed for the day, and employees were sent home.

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