Galls Inc. is Subject of Homeland Security, Customs Service Search Warrant
The Associated Press
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A Lexington business that
supplies military and police equipment was raided
Wednesday by federal authorities, a spokesman for
the U.S. attorney's office for Washington, D.C.
Several agencies executed a federal search
warrant at Galls Inc. on Palumbo Drive, U.S.
Attorney's office spokesman Channing Phillips
Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement at the Department of Homeland
Security, criminal investigators from the
Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and
Security and agents from the Defense Department
Criminal Investigative Service were serving a
search warrant at the business, according to Dean
Boyd, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs
The three agencies typically investigate cases
involving unauthorized exports. Phillips declined
to say what federal officers were looking for,
saying the search warrant was sealed.
Galls is the world's largest mail-order supplier
of uniforms and equipment to public safety
professionals, according to its Web site. The
site says it distributes equipment such as night
vision goggles and bulletproof vests.
The Lexington store has been in business for 35
years. Galls has two other locations in
California, according to its Web site.
Phillips said the raid involved only the Lexington location.
Officials at Aramark, parent company of Galls,
were not immediately available for comment. Calls
to Galls in Lexington were greeted Wednesday with
a recorded message saying the company was
"experiencing technical difficulties."
Outside Galls, employee Adarrell Owsley told The
Associated Press that agents arrived about 8:30
a.m. EDT and told employees to go to one area of
the building and stay there.
Owsley said employees were not given any details
about what was going on. He said it was "a bunch
of people in blue shirts."
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Owsley said he was told to come back to work Thursday.