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I.C.E. reportedly conducting Ojai Valley operations

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Photo by Alasdair Coyne
I.C.E. officers question a motorist Feb. 12 near the intersection of Highway 33 and Highway 150 in Mira Monte.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
A priest, a working mom and a retiree confronted two suspicious men sitting in a vehicle in the Meiners Oaks area Feb. 13. It turns out they were likely U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (I.C.E.) officials.
“A suspicious car, a silver Ford Flex with no license plates was parked in front of a friend’s house in Meiners Oaks. She confronted the two in the car who said they were police, but would not show (identification),” explained the Rev. Greg Kimura. “They raced off and she followed them, calling me along the way.”
After the driver of the Ford Flex pulled onto a side street off Rice Road, Kimura said he stopped in front of the vehicle, approached the men and requested identification. The men, who identified themselves as police, refused to provide identification, he said.
Kimura said the men were armed and he observed that “they were dressed like paramilitary.”
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Photo courtesy of Greg Kimura.
Kimura confronted these men in Meiners Oaks Feb. 13. The men told Kimura they were “police,” but refused to provide identification.

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