16 in ICE custody following investigation in Refugio

REFUGIO- Sixteen people are in ICE custody following an investigation at two Refugio restaurants and two nearby homes, Tuesday morning.

According to Homeland Security Investigations, the operation was part of a four year investigation leading up to the scene that occurred around 6:30 am. The Taqueria Guadalajara, Gumbo Seafood Restaurant and two unknown homes were involved and connected in the investigation.

Despite the suspected immigration status of the 16 individuals, the operation was part of an ongoing criminal investigation and not part of immigration enforcement according to Greg Palmore of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Department of Homeland Security, or ICE.

At this time, the 16 people involved are in ICE custody for processing and interviewing.

The cause of the operation is unknown.

This is a developing story.