Federal agents on Wednesday morning simultaneously raided the offices of the Deep East Texas Council of Government (DETCOG), as well as the home of DETCOG Director Walter Diggles, and also the Lighthouse Church of God in Christ, where Diggles serves as pastor.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at the locations at about 9:00 a.m., and according to Katherine Chaumont, an F.B.I. spokeswoman from its Dallas office, they will spend several hours at the locations.
F.B.I. vehicles were seen at all three locations, including large trucks at the DETCOG offices on Premier Drive. An agent at the church, which is located on Helen Street, told KJAS News that he was a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury Criminal Investigation Unit.
"I can confirm that personnel with the F.B.I, the I.R.S. CID, and ICE (Homeland Security Investigations) are lawfully present at the locations," Shauna Dunlap, F.B.I. spokeswoman in Houston told KFDM News. "However, this activity is related to an ongoing investigation. Additional information can't be released at this time."
Dunlap also noted that the raid follows a long and extensive investigation.
Word came from people near the DETCOG office that federal agents were seen hauling out file cabinets and boxes, and placing them into the large trucks.