Immigration agents arrested about 60 illegal aliens in three days of eastern Idaho raids, and federal officials said there were more to come.
The raids, largely targeting potato-packing operations, stretched from Larsen Farms on the northern end of Jefferson County to several plants in Rigby, 30 miles away.
They were the latest in a growing crackdown on illegal workers throughout the region. The Immigration and Naturalization Service already had raided eight eastern Idaho potato packing plants this year, arresting more than 140 workers.
In coming days the agency planned to raid at least three additional companies, Randolph Robinson, assistant director of investigations for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Helena, said Friday.
The total cost of the operation and related deportations could be more than $50,000, Robinson said.
Potato-packing plants hit by the latest operation included Challenger Pallet and Supply in Osgood, Larsen Farms north of Hamer, Muir-Roberts and Rigby Produce in Rigby, Rocky Top Potatoes in Jefferson County and Sun-Glo of Idaho in Sugar City.
No charges were filed against the companies because there was no evidence the employers knew a particular worker was in the United States illegally.
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