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U.S. Air Force and Homeland Security raid Florida produce warehouse


Todd’s Quality Tomatoes & Wholesale Produce. Credit: Facebook.

Kyle Arnold
Orlando Sentinel

SANFORD — Investigators from the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security searched a Sanford tomato warehouse Wednesday, but they wouldn’t say why.

The agents blocked access to Todd’s Tomatoes and Wholesale Produce on Wednesday morning and closed operations. Several agents, who wore Homeland Security badges, let employees out one by one in their cars. None of the employees would comment.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami said law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at the facility at 2350 Beardall Avenue in Sanford, but the “search warrant remains sealed and the investigation is ongoing,” said a statement from regional Department of Justice spokesman William Daniels.

Agencies involved included the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Defense Criminal Investigation Service. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations looks into serious crimes and threats to the Air Force, including espionage and terrorism.

DCIS is an agency charged primarily with investigating the theft of military technology.

“No further public information is available at this time,” Daniels said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Tamara Spicer said the agency was not involved.

Todd’s Tomatoes is a 33-year-old produce distributor north of Orlando-Sanford International Airport. It’s run by Dirk Miller, who bought the business from his father William Miller in 2003. According to the company’s website, it has 27 trucks and 1,800 customers. It also services restaurants, school districts and military installations. The site did not specify which bases it serves.

It sells everything from tomatoes and potatoes to milk, eggs and ranch dressing.

Todd’s Tomatoes did not answer phone calls Wednesday, and a message said the business was closed. The company also did not respond to a request sent through its website.

Staff writer Bianca Padró Ocasio contributed to this report.

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