Homeland Security raids residence on 7th Avenue Thursday morning

Lindsay Williams, public affairs officer for Homeland Security Investigations, at the scene of the raid on 7th Avenue.

HALEYVILLE - Federal charges have been filed against Haleyville couple Deivin and Crystal Escalante for allegedly funneling undocumented workers to a Jasper poultry plant, according to federal court documents.

The couple, who were operators of The Grand Family Enterprise LLC,   had reportedly contracted since 2014 to provide the laborers by  transporting illegal migrants used as employees at the Mar-Jac poultry plant.

The investigation has detailed how the Escalantes used vans to transport the undocumented  workers from residences to the Jasper plant.

Houses in both Haleyville and Jasper which were owned by GFE were used in housing the undocumented migrants,according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors have filed a civil suit to seize the houses.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, operating under the U.S. Department of

Homeland Security, conducted  the federal law enforcement action at a structure on 7th Avenue in Haleyville on Thursday morning, Oct. 22.

Several agency units were parked in front of the residence, which appears to be under remodeling.

Agents were also seen bringing out boxes from the residence.  Contents of those boxes have not been disclosed.

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