Feds Raid Blackwater Compound

|
June 26, 2008 2:26 p.m.

From the AP:

Federal agents raided Blackwater Worldwide this week as part of an investigation into a deal that allowed a local sheriff’s office to store high-powered assault rifles at the company’s armory in Moyock.

Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said Thursday that investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Blackwater’s armory Tuesday as part of the investigation. She said she did not know whether the weapons in question were seized.

Late Update: The Raleigh News & Observer reports:

Agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have confiscated nearly two dozen automatic rifles from Blackwater Worldwide, the private security contractor and firearms training company in Moyock, N.C.

The move came two days after a story in The News & Observer raised questions about the legality of Blackwater’s deals to buy the guns for the Camden County Sheriff’s Department. The security firm kept the rifles at its giant firearms training facility and used them in training law enforcement officers and members of the military.

Company spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said ATF agents came to Blackwater Tuesday and took all the rifles there owned by Camden.

“It was not a raid,” she said. “We were cooperative.”

Support The TPM Journalism Fund
  • Contributions allow us to hire more journalists
  • Contributions allow us to provide free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • Contributions support independent, non-corporate journalism
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30