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.

According to two criminal complaints, surveillance footage shows Antrim, McBride and an unnamed co-conspirator approaching the warehouse during the early morning hours of Oct. 29, driving an unmarked LASD-registered vehicle assigned to the Temple Station.

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.

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

After police left the warehouse about 20 minutes later, McBride and another co-conspirator allegedly returned 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.

After the robbery, the rental truck was driven to McBride’s house in Glendora, according to prosecutors. During searches conducted Thursday, federal investigators recovered a total of about $300,000 to $400,000 from Antrim’s home in South El Monte and McBride’s residence, according to court documents. Federal agents also seized about two pounds of marijuana packaged for commercial sale from McBride’s home, as well as firearms from both men, prosecutors allege.

Several days later, an attorney representing the marijuana distribution warehouse contacted the sheriff’s department, triggering the investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Antrim, McBride and Rodriguez, of Adelanto, were expected to make their initial federal court appearances in downtown Los Angeles Friday afternoon. They are each charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, a charge carrying a possible federal prison sentence of up to 40 years.

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