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L.A. Deputies Faked Drug Raid To Rob Weed Warehouse Of $1M

Prosecutors allege an deputy staged an elaborate police raid to rob an LA warehouse of $1 million in marijuana and cash.

LOS ANGELES, CA — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and two others were scheduled to make their first court appearances Friday afternoon on federal drug distribution charges for allegedly making off with more than $1 million in marijuana and cash during an armed robbery at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse.

Federal agents on Thursday arrested Marc Antrim, 41, a patrol deputy at the sheriff’s station in Temple City, along with Eric “Rooster” Rodriguez, 32, and Kevin McBride, 43, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors allege Antrim used his law enforcement expertise and access to sheriff’s gear to stage the heist that netted 600 pounds of marijuana and $100,000 in cash while falsely portraying himself and his accomplices as lawmen executing a search warrant.

Prosecutors allege that Antrim and the two men — dressed as deputies in green LASD garb, and carrying holstered handguns — gained access to the warehouse by purporting to be lawmen executing a search. Antrim allegedly showed a security guard a piece of paper inside a folder, which investigators believe was a document purporting to be a search warrant for the warehouse.

At the start of the two-hour robbery, Antrim, McBride and the third man allegedly detained three warehouse employees, including two security guards, in the back seat of the LASD Ford Explorer. Soon after the guards and the employee were detained, a fourth man arrived at the warehouse in a large rental truck, and all four men began loading what appeared to be marijuana into the truck, federal prosecutors allege.

When Los Angeles police officers responded to a call at the warehouse during the robbery, Antrim’s three co-conspirators fled the warehouse through a back door and two of them discarded their LASD jackets, prosecutors allege. Antrim then falsely told the LAPD officers that he was a sheriff’s narcotics deputy conducting a search, court documents allege.

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Published: November 09, 2018

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