A Pomona man pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and others to rob more than a half-ton of marijuana and $645,000 in cash and money orders from a downtown warehouse.
Jay Colby “Monte Jay” Sanford, 41, entered his plea to a single federal count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips set sentencing for July 29, when Sanford faces no less than five years behind bars.
Deputy Marc Antrim, 41, of South El Monte pleaded guilty in March to five felonies, including conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and deprivation of rights under color of law. He also agreed to forfeit a Mercedes-Benz sedan and cash and money orders taken in the robbery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Antrim — who worked at the LASD’s Temple City station — faces at least 12 years behind bars at a June 3 sentencing in Los Angeles federal court, but the penalty is up to the judge.
Sanford admitted he worked with Antrim and four others to commit the early morning armed robbery on Oct. 29. For acting as a lookout and using a two-way radio to communicate with co-defendants during the robbery, Sanford was to be paid $10,000, prosecutors said.
Eric “Rooster” Rodriguez, 33, of Adelanto previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and being a felon in possession of a gun.
Also facing charges in the case are Kevin McBride, 43, Matthew James “Neer” Perez, 42, of Ontario, and Daniel Aguilera, 31, of East Los Angeles.’