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Gibson Guitar chief says feds want to talk

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -

The head of Nashville music instrument company Gibson Guitars says federal officials have asked to meet with owners of the company next week, following a raid last month.

Henry Juszkiewicz said the Justice Department requested the meeting for Wednesday, according to The Tennessean.

Meanwhile, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives have agreed to brief lawmakers in Washington, D.C., about the Aug. 24 raid, said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the 7th District congresswoman from Tennessee.

During the raid, the federal agency carried away computer hard drives, pallets of wood and guitars they suspected of being made of wood imported in violation of the Lacy Act, which bans importation of environmentally threatened plants and animals.

Federal officials have declined further comment on an ongoing investigation.

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