Apparently so. The story goes that the Feds were heavily armed, and taking no chances with these desperate criminals.
Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars.
As you may imagine, this is all about illegally-grown stuff. In this case, laughably, wood.
Yes, that’s right. It really is.
The police came calling, submachine-guns at the ready, on the off-chance that some of the wood had been from trees which someone in Washington being given votes by one pressure group said someone in Brazil being paid by some cartel or other shouldn’t have cut down. Obviously Mr Gibson should have asked permission before making any guitars in the first place.
The company denies it, apparently. They say they did ask permission. Much good it did them.