Late Wednesday night rumors circulated social media that “ ICE” was in St. James and would be raiding local factories.

On Thursday morning that rumor was debunked.  

According to St. James Mayor, Gary Sturm there was a HEAT team practicing yesterday in St. James and City leaders and are not aware of anything else going on in town.

An employee of Subway was told last week by members of the HEAT team  that they would be coming to town for the training  and let the establishment know that they would be eating there.

According to an ICE spokesperson the rumor that ICE was in the area is false. 

While some sources indicated that Smithfield Foods in St. James  shut down there lines for the evening and many employees left a Smithfield Foods Spokesperson stated that at no point did the plant shutdown. 


The Plaindealer will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.