Marc Antrim, a former LA County Sheriff's Deputy from South El Monte, was sentenced to seven years in prison for staging a phony drug raid to rob a marijuana warehouse.
The scheme involved the Sherriff stealing half a ton of weed and $600,000 in cash from the warehouse. Deputy Marc Antrim pleaded guilty to the crimes he committed with six other co-conspirators in 2019. The $2 million armed robbery took place back in October of 2018.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Antrim and the six other associates were dressed as Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, even though Antrim was not on duty at the time. The entire group arrived at a cannabis warehouse for an apparent search, where they confiscated approximately 1,200 pounds of marijuana valued at $1.5 million and stole $645,000 in cash. Antrim aided in gaining entrance into the warehouse by displaying his sheriff's badge and a forged copy of a search warrant to the security guards. He and his men were all armed and drove into the warehouse in an official LAPD police vehicle, detaining three security guards and loading half a ton of marijuana into a rental truck.
Antrim pled guilty to charges of brandishing a weapon during a drug trafficking activity and violation of rights under color of law. The County Sherriff was convicted by U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, which was not shocking given the gravity of his actions and the fact that he pleaded guilty.
During the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips told the court, "The gravity of the offense cannot be overstated." She also said that the crimes were particularly serious because they had the potential to erode the public's confidence in law enforcement even further. Citizens will now have to be worried about police heists in addition to being concerned about the use of unnecessary force by the police.
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