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A Dairy Queen on Bypass 72 Nw re-opened for business on Thursday a day after federal agents raided it. Longtime manager Saif Momin said none of his employees were involved in illegal activity. 

Saif Momin was headed to Abbeville Wednesday morning when he got a notification on his phone that motion sensors at the Greenwood Dairy Queen restaurant he’s managed since 2012 had been triggered.

He quickly turned around and when he arrived at the Bypass 72 eatery, federal agents had spread out across the parking lot.

“They showed up around 9 or 9:30. I have no idea why. They wouldn’t tell me anything,” Momin told the Index-Journal on Thursday morning.

Momin’s establishment was one of several hit in near-simultaneous raids by the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officials, who also descended upon an Oakmonte Circle home in the Hunter’s Creek subdivision and an Orangeburg convenience store.

Don Wood, a spokesman with the FBI’s Columbia field office, said Thursday morning two people from Greenwood County were arrested in connection with the operation. They were expected to make an initial appearance in front of a federal magistrate judge at 2:30 p.m. today in Columbia.

Momin said none of his 18 employees were the subject of Wednesday’s police action.

“I just want to make sure people know it has nothing to do with my business. They were looking for people that don’t work there,” Momin said.

Momin said he was notified by a corporate inspector that somebody lodged a complaint about “human meat being inside a burger.” According to state Department of Health and Environmental Control inspection records, the facility has an “A” grade and was examined four times in 2018, most recently on Nov. 28 when it received a score of 97%.

“If that was the case, they already would have shut me down,” Momin said of the allegation.

Wood said Wednesday the raid’s focal point was unrelated to terrorist activity – something Momin echoed.

“There are no illegal activities happening inside of my store. I don’t know why they came to the store at all,” Momin said. “We’re back to business, we’re not being shut down. My mind is everywhere right now.”

Contact staff writer Adam Benson at 864-943-5650 or on Twitter @ABensonIJ.