Feds raid Gibson Guitars over rosewood?

Apparently the Feds have raided Gibson over possession of some rosewood. What little detail we have suggests that it is  from Madagascar. Not sure how they use Madagascar Rosewood, because the common vernacular terminology has it as East Indian or Brazillian rosewood. I’ll go dig around and find out what exactly Madagascar Rosewood is? Now what I want to know is what are they going to say when find all that Brazilian Rosewood? Thats the stuff that was banned in the early 70s? Can’t wait to see how this one plays out… via the Consumerist

Yesterday, US Fish & Wildlife Services agents issued a search warrant on Gibson Guitars’ manufacturing plant in Nashville, TN. The Nashville Post writes that they “seized wood, guitars, computers and boxes of files from Gibson Guitar’s Massman Road manufacturing facility.”

At issue is whether Gibson violated the Lacey Act, which prohibits the importation of rosewood from Madagascar because it serves as a home for lemurs; the Nashville Post suggests Gibson may be suspected of routing the wood through Germany first.

No charges have been filed so far, and according to the Tennessean Gibson says it’s got proof that the imports are legit:


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