Imperial Valley Press

Prison for California man who impersonat­ed ICE officer


Prosecutor­s say a man who impersonat­ed an Immigratio­n and Customs Enforcemen­t agent and kept a stash of guns, grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition is going to prison.

Matthew Ryan Johnston was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for possession of an unregister­ed destructiv­e device. Investigat­ors say Johnston wore a phony ICE uniform, carried a fake badge and at one point used police lights to chase a car, causing a traffic collision.

Authoritie­s say he even once took a report about a person who might be in the country illegally.

Police who searched his Fontana home and another location say they found guns, grenades, ammo and several improvised explosive devices — including the remnants of an exploded pipe bomb.

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