Multiple gas stations raided in Southaven

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) - Multiple gas stations in Southaven hosted raids Thursday.

Investigators rolled out crime scene tape and blocked entrances to gas stations on Stateline Road and Airways Boulevard.

WMC Action News 5 crews saw the officers investigating the Shell at Airways and Stateline and the "Z" Market at Airways and Rasco.

Onlookers didn't know what to think.

"I was thinking somebody done got robbed, shot, or killed," said Nicole Barmer.

Dozens of plain clothes law enforcement agents investigated inside and outside the local stores.

Agents descended on the "Z" Market on Airways and Rasco first, taping off the gas pumps and blocking the entrances.

Then an hour later, agents were seen at Southaven Express on Airways and Stateline road. For several hours, the gas station was closed.

"Regulatory incident," said a Southaven Express gas station employee. "Everything worked out. No one arrested."

A gas station employee said it was standard procedure.

But when we reached out Southaven Police, we learned they were assisting the Mississippi Attorney General's Office and that the agents were with the Financial Crimes division.

"They wanted to investigate," said the employee. "Make sure everything was on the up and up. Thankfully, everything is cool."

We reached out the Mississippi Attorney General's Office but were told they did not have a comment at this time.

We also spoke with an employee at Z's Market but were told they did not know why agents were there.

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