Earlier this week Federal agents raided a Gibson facility in Nashville. The feds entered the premises and asked employees to evacuate the building immediately. Later they were allowed to reenter the facility to collect their belongings and go home.
This was not the first time the feds had paid Gibson Guitar Corp. a personal visit. Back in 2009 a Gibson plant was raided and ebony from the Republic of Madagascar was seized when Federal agents held an investigation into the company’s compliance with the Lacey Act (1900).
Federal agents have now seized computers to investigate claims that the company acquired supplies of ebony from Madagascar through another party. Gibson have confirmed that Indian rosewood has been seized as of August 24 from the Gibson facility on Massman Drive in Nashville.
If Gibson Guitar Corp. are found to have violated the Lacey Act the company could find themselves in big trouble.
PremierGuitar.com have a details on the statement delivered to the press by Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. Read here: link.
Gibson.com also released a written press statement and 34 minute recording of the press conference held by CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. See here: link.