Federal officials raid South End plant; owner arrested By Brian Boyd, SouthCoastToday.com NEW BEDFORD -- The owner and three managers of a South End manufacturing plant have been arrested on federal charges of hiring illegal aliens. An early morning raid by federal immigration officials at the Michael Bianco Textiles plant sent some employees -- presumably undocumented workers -- scrambling into frigid waters in an attempt to escape. Click here to listen to today's Noon Update, highlighting the stories we'll be following online today and for print tomorrow in The Standard-Times Capt. Richard Spirlet, spokesman for the New Bedford Police Department, said the operation began just after the 8 a.m. starting time at a West Rodney French Boulevard plant today. Capt. Spirlet said more information will be made available by either the U.S. Attorney’s office or the Department of Homeland Security later today. Sue Brum, a witness at the scene, said she lives in the neighborhood and said the raid started shortly after starting time around 8:05 a.m. She said she saw a large number of employees fleeing from the back of the building, “they booked it from the back side. They climbed on the rocks and they tried to get in the water. ” She said about four or five employees managed to get into the water and a larger number made it to water’s edge by the rocks. A helicopter hovered overhead. Capt. Spirlet said he was unaware of any injuries during the event. Full Story: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/cgi-bin/stnow/db.cgi?db=default&uid=default&view_records=1&ID=1#1 Listening to this go down on the scanner it sounds like everyone working there is illegal. They are hauling them away by the bus load. Anyone want to bet Duval gets involved in this.