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Meth Lab Found in Immigration Raids on Kosher Meat Plant
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May 15, 2008, 09:19 PM
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JTA, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reports:
Federal authorities charged that a methamphetamine laboratory was operating at the nation`s largest kosher slaughterhouse and that employees carried weapons to work.

The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the massive raid Monday at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa.

In a 60-page application for a search warrant, federal agents revealed details of their six-month probe of Agriprocessors. The investigation involved 12 federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the departments of labor and agriculture.

According to the application, a former plant supervisor told investigators that some 80 percent of the workforce was illegal. They included rabbis responsible for kosher supervision, who the source believed entered the United States from Canada without proper immigration documents. The source did not provide evidence for his suspicion about the rabbis.

My sources in Iowa say that the recent raids were sparked by letter writing campaigns organized by Lutheran ministers. The Iowa community is very strict when it comes to issues of being law abiding—and the new arrivals have simply shown that isn`t a terribly high concern.