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Day care center, car wash, restaurant among businesses raided by Feds

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Action News 5's Nick Kenney is at Kare Enrichment Child Center on Ridgeway Road, where parents are picking up their children and being escorted away by police officers. Action News 5's Nick Kenney is at Kare Enrichment Child Center on Ridgeway Road, where parents are picking up their children and being escorted away by police officers.
Action News 5's Michael Clark is on the scene at Chism Express carwash where there is a huge police presence. Action News 5's Michael Clark is on the scene at Chism Express carwash where there is a huge police presence.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Federal agents, along with Memphis Police Department, executed search warrants at establishments across the Mid-South Thursday morning.

Raids were conducted at Kare Enrichment Child Center on Ridgeway Road in Hickory Hill, where Action News 5 cameras were rolling as parents up their children and were escorted away by police officers.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office, federal search warrants were executed Thursday morning in Shelby County and North Mississippi.

In addition to the Kare Enrichment Child Center on Ridgeway Road, the Kare Enrichment Centers on Winchester Road and East Raines Road were also raided. In addition, warrants were served at the Eo'j Restaurant and Lounge on Macon Road, the Chism Express carwash on Shelby Drive, Save More on South Third Street, and a house on Holmes Road owned by Ray and Sylvia Chism.

The warrants are sealed and part of an ongoing investigation.

Parents at three of the day care centers said they have always had positive experiences. They were surprised about Thursday's events.

"They didn't tell me nothing. They just told me to pick up my little niece," said Walter Warfield. "They didn't give me no details on nothing. I asked them about it, they just said they didn't know. Lady just said they came here from picking up the kids this morning and they was here. She didn't know what was going on."

"They need ID to get your child. They did a background check I guess to see if I had any warrants," said Frank Gottie. "I don't know what's going on, but it's too much just to come pick up your child."

Action News 5's Nick Kenney was told the raids were not done because any children were in danger, but instead, because of the business and financial practices of the establishments involved.

People arriving to shop at Save More on South Third Street were turned away at the door.

"We were shocked because we come up here, we pass by here, we stay right down the street. There's always cars here all the time so I was wondering why they aren't over there," said Natrundra Hawkins.

Each of the businesses Action News 5 learned were raided are connected through the Chism name. Although by phone Sidney Chism said he is not involved.

Multiple agencies were involved in the raids including the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit, the United States Secret Service, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Department of Agriculture, and Tennessee Department of Human Services.

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