LA sheriff’s deputy arrested for stealing marijuana during bogus search

November 10, 2018

Deputy Marc Antrim caught on a police officer’s body camera

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy and two alleged cohorts were arrested Thursday on federal drug distribution charges that allege they stole 600 pounds of marijuana and $100,000 in cash during an armed robbery at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse by falsely portraying themselves as law enforcement officers executing a search warrant. [Cal Coast News]

Deputy Marc Antrim, 41; Eric Rodriguez, a.k.a. “Rooster,” 32; and Kevin McBride, 43, were all arrested Thursday morning without incident.

Security camera footage shows Antrim, McBride and another unnamed co-conspirator approaching the warehouse during the early morning hours of Oct. 29, driving an unmarked Ford Explorer, according to a criminal complaint. The Ford Explorer’s license plate shows it was a sheriff’s department registered vehicle assigned to the Temple Station, where Antrim worked.

Antrim and his co-conspirators allegedly gained access to the warehouse by purporting to be deputies executing a lawful search. All three men allegedly were dressed as deputies, Antrim in a green vest that said “Sheriff” and McBride and the other cohort in green jackets with LA Sheriff’s Department patches on the sleeve.

All three men were wearing duty belts often worn by law enforcement officials, each had a holstered handgun, and one man appeared to be holding a long gun, according to court documents. 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 beginning of the two-hour robbery, Antrim, McBride and the third man allegedly detained three warehouse employees, including two security guards, in the backseat of the sheriff department 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.

When Los Angeles Police Department officers legitimately responded to a call for service at the warehouse during the robbery, Antrim’s three co-conspirators allegedly fled the warehouse through a back door and two of them discarded their sheriff’s department jackets. Antrim then falsely told the LA police officers that he was an LA Sheriff’s Department narcotics deputy conducting a legitimate search, court documents said.

To facilitate the sham, Antrim allegedly handed his phone to one of the police officers so that the officer could speak to someone on the phone claiming to be Antrim’s sergeant. The individual on the phone was not Antrim’s sergeant, and Antrim did not have a legitimate search warrant for the warehouse, according to court documents.

After the police officers left the warehouse, McBride and another co-conspirator allegedly returned to the scene and continued the robbery with Antrim. Rodriguez allegedly showed up at the warehouse in his pickup truck, and all four men loaded more marijuana and two safes into the rental truck.

Several days later, an attorney representing the marijuana distribution warehouse contacted the LA Sheriff’s Department about the robbery.

At the time of the robbery, Antrim was a patrol deputy assigned to the Temple City station, but he was not on duty, was not assigned to the department’s narcotics unit, was not a detective and would not have had a legitimate reason to search a marijuana distribution warehouse in the City of Los Angeles, according to the complaint.

The rental truck went to McBride’s house after the robbery. During searches conducted Thursday in conjunction with the arrests, federal investigators recovered a total of approximately $300,000 to $400,000 from Antrim’s and McBride’s residences. Federal agents also seized about two pounds of marijuana packaged for commercial sale from McBride’s residence, as well as firearms from both men.

Antrim, McBride and Rodriguez are charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. If convicted of this offense, each would face a statutory maximum sentence of 40 years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. LA Sheriff Department’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau provided substantial assistance to the federal investigation.

“The alleged actions by the defendants detail an egregious level of corruption that posed a safety risk to victims and fellow police officers,” said Paul Delacourt, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “The FBI and our partners will continue to root out corruption which undermines the law enforcement mission and stains the reputation of those committed to serve and protect.”

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lindsey Greer Dotson of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, and Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Axelrad of the Violent and Organized Crime Section.


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DocT

This cop should definitely be written up, possibly fired!


1. He obviously didn’t offer bribes to his superiors.


2. He didn’t have mission security locked up like a true pro.


3 his helpers were not real cops.


Had he bribed/cut in the right people and recruited other cops to protect and serve the marijuana then we wouldn’t have lost a good, hardwoking cop to the antiquated “rule of law” garbage.


Cops are above the law. Only the stupid ones run afoul of it.


Ted R

Notice how it wasn’t the Sheriff, or the police department that caught them red handed, to bust them, it was the Feds. That’s what it will take to bring down the corruption here, the Feds.


copperhead

to serve and protect….sheesh


kayaknut

If crimes against law enforcement are subject to enhanced penalties shouldn’t a law enforcement person who commits a crime be subject to enhanced punishment?


Erik T

This deputy was stupid for not being an SLO Sheriff’s deputy. Dow would look the other way.


malovato

Why does CalCoastNews even print this news story? There is nothing “Local” about it. Apparently it must be a slow news week. There are “dirty police officers, dirty politicians, dirty religious ministers/priests, etc. It seems Cal Coast News enjoys printing news stories on “dirty cops”. IMO the vast majority of police officers are honest and hard working. They work a beat that most couldn’t do.


Chance

Ha! This is a great story, thank you for publishing CCN. You are the only news source I know in California that is not afraid to expose the corruption. Keep up the good work!


Ted R

Malovato, are you kidding? Great news story, and very relevant. Thank you CCN.


nazbol gang

LOL!

Messing with a pot warehouse, it’s hard to find fault with these cops. These warehouses are a nuisance.


shelworth

They should be fired just for being so stupid…they had to know they would be caught!


horse_soldier

No one likes a dirty cop. 

Throw the book at them.