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Los Angeles cop staged a fake drug search to steal more than $2,000,000 in narcotics

Jano le Roux

Marc Antrim attempted a robbery for over two million dollars in Los Angeles while wearing his own uniform and badge.

After trying to pull off a movie-style robbery, Marc Antrim, a former Los Angeles County sheriff officer, will be spending the next several years in prison.

He and six others claimed to be officers serving a search warrant and stole a downtown Los Angeles warehouse of $600,000 cash and 1,200 pounds of marijuana, according to the US Attorney’s office. Although the co-conspirators claimed to be deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, they were not. The only person that worked there was Marc Antrim.

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According to prosecutors, they disguised as LASD deputies, traveled to the warehouse with a false search warrant, locked the security guards in a Ford Explorer, and committed the heist. When LAPD police arrived at the warehouse, Antrim eluded them by claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy executing a search warrant, according to the report. The theft was worth more than two million dollars in total.

“This is about a corrupt law enforcement officer who teamed up with someone who was enraged by his former boss and staged a brazen armed robbery in the middle of the night that was set up to look like a legitimate law enforcement operation in order to steal marijuana and a large sum of money,” says Assistant US Attorney Lindsey Greer Dotson.

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United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips punished Marc Antrim, 43, of South El Monte, who was formerly assigned to the LASD station in Temple City, saying, “the seriousness of the crime could not be overstated.” The robbery, which the court described as “like a movie script,” was “tragic” for the victims and damaged “the public’s trust (in law enforcement),” according to the judge.

In March 2019, Antrim pleaded guilty to five-count information accusing him of conspiring to distribute marijuana, possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it, conspiring to deprive rights under color of law, depriving rights under color of law, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Antrim and his accomplices arrived at the warehouse disguised as armed LASD officers in an LASD Ford Explorer in the early morning hours of October 29, 2018. To obtain access to the warehouse, Antrim showed his LASD credentials and a phony search warrant to the security officers. Antrim and two impostor deputies donned LASD uniforms, wore duty belts, and carried weapons to maintain the illusion that they were real law enforcement officials. To further scare the guards, one of the imposters was seen with a long gun.

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Antrim and his accomplices held the three warehouse security guards in the cage of the LASD Ford Explorer at the start of the two-hour heist. A fourth guy arrived at the warehouse in a big rental truck shortly after the guards were arrested, and the four men started putting marijuana into the vehicle.

During the heist, Antrim falsely claimed to be an LASD narcotics deputy conducting a lawful search when police from the Los Angeles Police Department arrived at a request for service at the warehouse. Antrim gave his phone to one of the LAPD officers in order for the officer to talk with someone on the phone who claimed to be Antrim’s LASD sergeant. Antrim did not have a valid search warrant for the warehouse, and the person on the phone was not Antrim’s sergeant.

Other co-conspirators came after the LAPD officers departed the warehouse, and the heist proceeded, enabling the fictitious law enforcement team to take even more marijuana and two huge safes holding almost half a million dollars in cash.

Antrim was a patrol deputy assigned to the Temple City station at the time of the heist, but he was not on duty, was not attached to the department’s narcotics section, was not a detective, and had no cause to investigate a marijuana distribution facility in the City of Los Angeles.

Six co-conspirators who took part in the raid with Antrim have been convicted by prosecutors in this case.

Christopher Myung Kim, 31, of Walnut, a disgruntled former warehouse employee, was found guilty by a jury and is serving a 14-year federal prison term for his part in organizing the theft and making off with $1.5 million in stolen marijuana after the raid. Antrim testified during Kim’s trial, which the court acknowledged as a major factor in Antrim’s sentence being reduced.

After pleading guilty to felony charges, in this case, Kevin McBride, 45, of Glendora, and Eric Rodriguez, 35, of Adelanto, are serving federal prison terms of six and nine years, respectively. Antrim’s three co-conspirators, Matthew James Perez, 44, of Ontario, Daniel Aguilera, 33, of Los Angeles, and Jay Colby Sanford, 43, of Pomona, are serving six-year prison terms, two-year prison sentences, and five-year probation sentences, respectively, in a separate case.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives all looked into this matter. The Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department aided the federal investigation significantly.

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