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Federal Agents Target Local Ethnic Restaurants

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By Jennifer Miller 

Federal agents took several people into custody and seized evidence during an enforcement operation Thursday in State College, which targeted ethnic restaurants.

The Homeland Security Investigations unit with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency conducted a targeted enforcement operation in the borough.

Ethnic restaurants were the target, including the China Dragon in the 100 block of South Allen Street where HSI and state Attorney General agents were on the scene. Authorities were also at three Asian restaurants on Westerly Parkway, which are owned by the same family.

Throughout the day, authorities participating in the operation led several males and females in handcuffs into the State College Police Department.

The operation was based out of the State College Police Department. State College officers assisted federal agents with the investigation.

ICE Spokesperson Nicole Navas said Thursday morning she could not release specific details about the operation in order to not compromise the investigation.

Navas also noted there were no public safety concerns in connection to the operation.

Watch below to see video of police activity outside several restaurants along with several people being taken into custody. It’s unclear whether anyone has been charged with any wrongdoing.

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