AUG. 25 I GIBSON I LEGAL
Gibson Facilities Raided by Federal Agents
On Aug. 24, federal agents with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service executed four search warrants on Gibson's facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn. The agents seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars.
According to a statement from Gibson, the wood seized came from a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified supplier and is FSC-controlled wood. Therefore, it complies with the standards of the FSC, a nonprofit organization established to promote responsible management of forests worldwide.
In November 2009, Gibson's Nashville factory was raided and authorities seized six guitars and pallets that were allegedly stacked with ebony wood that was in violation of the federal Lacey Act, which bars the importation of endangered woods.
Gibson is cooperating with the investigation.