Federal agents raid military contractor, EOD Techology, in Lenoir City
LENOIR CITY – Federal agents raided EOD Technology‘s headquarters this morning and executed a search warrant on the government contractor that is working for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
EOD also has done work for the military in Iraq.
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the federal Department of Homeland Security, assisted by Lenoir City police, were seen escorting company employees to their cars this morning.
A Homeland Security Department agent said the agencies were executing a federal search warrant on the company, and a Lenoir City Police Department dispatcher said the department was providing support.
Temple Black, a spokesman with the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed today the agency’s role in the EOD investigation. Black referred questions about the raid to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Knoxville.
“I can confirm that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is involved in a law enforcement investigation in Lenoir City, Tenn.,” Black said.
“However, in order to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are precluded from making any further comments at this time.”
EOD Technology released a statement on the raid this afternoon.
“This event came as a complete surprise to us,” the company said in a statement released by its Nashville public relations firm, McNeely Pigott & Fox.
“We are a very responsibly run company with a strong ethical standard, and do not know of anything that could have triggered this event.
“We are cooperating with the federal investigators to help clear up whatever concerns there are. We obviously would not have been selected for some of the sensitive and important projects we handle for our country around the world had we not been thoroughly investigated before and found to be trustworthy.
“We plan to continue serving our customers and keep our focus on our work. We hope this matter will be resolved swiftly.”
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