CORONA DEL MAR — Special enforcement agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement served a search warrant Tuesday morning at the Phoenician Stone, a decorative stone and mantel retailer, and then lined up various slabs of stone and boxes along the sidewalk in front of the store.
Nobody was arrested during the ICE search, but Virginia Kice, a regional spokeswoman for the federal agency, said it was part of an ongoing criminal investigation, the details of which will be released in the future.
"This was not an immigration matter," she said. "This was customs-related, but that's all I can tell ... believe me, I like a good story and when everything comes out, I'll be able to comment on it. But right now we're dealing with allegations and there have been no charges filed."
Newport Beach police assisted ICE in the raid, according to Corona del Mar Today, an online news blog and Daily Pilot media partner.