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Former LA deputy sentenced to 7 years in prison for faking drug raid

The deputy faked a drug raid so that he could rob a marijuana warehouse.

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A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to seven years in prison for faking a drug raid so that he could rob a marijuana warehouse. The $2 million armed robbery, which deputy Marc Antrim and six other co-conspirators carried out, occurred in October of 2018.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Antrim and the six others were dressed as Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, though Antrim was off-duty at the time. The group arrived at the marijuana warehouse to conduct a “search” of the premises, where they confiscated 1,200 pounds of weed — worth an estimated $1.5 million — and pocketed $645,000 in cash.

Antrim used his sheriff’s badge to gain entry into the warehouse and showed security guards a fake search warrant. According to prosecutors, he and his co-conspirators wore duty belts, carried guns and drove up to the warehouse in an official LASD patrol vehicle. The men also detained three security guards inside of the car and loaded the marijuana into a large rental truck.

Back in 2019, Antrim pleaded guilty to several criminal charges for the robbery, including conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to deprive rights under color of law, deprivation of rights under color of law and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

However, prosecutors say his seven-year prison sentence was significantly reduced because he agreed to testify against one of his co-conspirators, Christopher Myung Kim, who was a former employee at the warehouse and helped execute the heist. Kim was convicted of the same charges as Antrim, though he was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine.

Two other co-conspirators — Kevin McBride and Eric Rodriguez — are also serving six- and nine-year prison sentences, respectively.

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