At shortly after 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, the USDA and supporting uniformed agencies raided several businesses operating near the Eastern Market in Detroit. The incursions were part of an investigation into E.B.T., or food stamp, fraud.
USDA agents had the company of the IRS, Homeland Security, the Michigan State Police and the DPD in raiding approximately 17 businesses. Most of these were located in the Gratiot Central Market, at the southern edge of the Eastern Market. It is accessible from the I-375 service drive.
The Gratiot Central Market was temporarily closed. MLive reported that as of noon Tuesday, employees and customers were awaiting permission from authorities to go about their business.
According to WXYZ-7, Detroit Wholesale Produce and Ftoni Meat were two of the operations affected. Authorities also raided a home on Silent Woods Drive in Shelby Township, in connection with the investigation.
There are about 250 independent vendors in the Eastern Market area. No agency has yet commented on the effectiveness of the raids.