Four Arrested Appear in Court

SOUTH CAROLINA - Four people arrested during a major immigration raid at a House of Raeford poultry plant in Greenville have appeared in federal court to face immigration violation charges.
calendar icon 21 October 2008
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On the first day of preliminary hearings, Greenville Online reports that an FBI agent was sworn in and evidence presented led the judge to find probable cause in three cases, court records show. In a fourth case, the defendant waived his right to a probable cause hearing, records show.

The four are among 11 detainees who have been charged following the raid earlier this month of the House of Raeford Columbia Farms chicken processing plant as the culmination of a 10-month investigation into the plant's hiring practices.

House of Raeford has said it does not knowingly hire illegal workers and that it is cooperating in the US Attorney's Office investigation that began last November.

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