Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been at the Phoenician Stone shop today, serving a warrant and investigating, according to online logs and other sources.
The shop in the 3000 block of East Coast Highway sells stone mantles, columns and other decorative finishes.
Calls to the ICE public information officer were not immediately returned. Newport Beach police officers apparently assisted, but they had no details on the case.
“There is a ton of lumber out front and looks like they are either breaking down crates or creating new ones,” said one passerby. “They also have the forklift and a table saw there. There were multiple unmarked vans and trucks out front…I also noticed their printer/fax machine out front on the sidewalk and computers which seemed a little weird.”
Several other witnesses said that Corona del Mar was “crawling” with police and agents today, starting about 10 a.m.
For more details, read this story in The Orange County Register and this story in The Daily Pilot.