Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were seen Thursday morning near Milpas and Quinientos streets on the city’s Eastside.
According to the Santa Barbara Police Department, at 4:36 a.m. Thursday, ICE officials sent an email notifying police they would be conducting activity in the Milpas Street corridor for a specifically targeted individual, said Anthony Wagner, police spokesman.
A photo depicting an agent wearing a jacket with “POLICE ICE” written on the back was posted to social media. The image showed the agent detaining a male suspect. Police were notified of the image around 3:40 p.m., Mr. Wagner said.
The police department did not participate in any activity with ICE officials, he said.
ICE is required to contact the police department if or when they conduct activity within its jurisdiction, Mr. Wagner said.
Request for comment from the ICE Western Region office were not returned by deadline and it was unclear if any arrests were made.