Authorities Tuesday were saying little new about Sunday’s raid by the FBI at First World Management meat locker in Kinsman.
“Basically, all the FBI can say is it’s a very sensitive criminal investigation that’s ongoing,” Grundy County Sheriff Terry Marketti noted today. “That’s where we have to leave it.”
The raid began at mid-morning Sunday in response to a search warrant issued in Chicago on the former Rodosky Meat Packing Plant in Kinsman.
A village of about 100 residents, Kinsman is located 20 miles southwest of Morris, on Kinsman Road, north of Gardner Road.
FBI spokesman Cynthia Yates said Monday no arrests were made nor charges filed at the time of Sunday’s raid.
The incident was part of an ongoing federal criminal investigation involving several law enforcement departments, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department was present as a tactical response only.
Marketti said Tuesday there is no imminent danger to the residents of Grundy County, especially the southwestern part of the county.
“I was assured of that Monday by the FBI agent in charge of the investigation,” he said. “Unfortunately, that’s where we have to leave it at this time.”
Marketti said he was told more details will be released by the FBI later, but he did not know when that would be.
He also said it appears the FBI is finished with its activities in Kinsman.
Additionally, Marketti said a permit is needed from the USDA in order to butcher meat for human consumption. He did not know why the USDA was at the scene on Sunday, nor why the agency returned Monday.
Marketti said his office was told about two weeks ago of the pending raid, but was given no other information. Some witnesses reported Monday the raid included dozens of law enforcement vehicles, two helicopters and a small airplane.
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that agency was not involved in the raid.
A spokesman for the USDA in Springfield said he had no knowledge of the event. He said, however, there are about 30 USDA regional offices sprinkled throughout the nation, and he had no idea which of them might be involved.
“You do need a permit from the USDA to butcher,” he said. “But, I don’t know what the USDA was doing there.”
FBI spokesman Cynthia Yates Monday reported the meat locker as being abandoned. Community residents, however, said the slaughter room is still in operation, but the other facets of the operation are unused.
Residents said the plant is operated by Mideasterners who butcher goats and sheep for shipment to Chicago. The slaughtered meat is chilled and transported to Chicago.
Also raided, according to published reports, was a residence in the 6000 block of North Campbell Avenue in Chicago.
Those reports indicated the home and the Kinsman meat packing plant are owned by a Chicago man, who could not be reached at the time for comment.
The published reports also noted sources said the investigation includes a look at possible immigration irregularities, and that at least two other Chicago locations were searched.