A federal criminal trial got underway Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles for a former warehouse employee who allegedly conspired with a corrupt Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy to rob his former employer of over 1,200 pounds of marijuana and $645,000 in cash.
Christopher Myung Kim is facing conspiracy, marijuana possession and firearms charges in connection with the early morning armed robbery in Los Angeles on Oct. 29, 2018.
Through his attorney, Kim denied all charges.
Prosecutors allege that Kim provided inside information and blueprints to co-conspirators who posed as armed deputies purporting to execute a lawful search of the warehouse.
Although he was not physically present at the warehouse during the robbery, he was a former employee who helped plan the heist and stood to profit from it, according to prosecutors.
Three security guards were locked in an LASD Ford Explorer for nearly two hours while defendants proceeded to steal over a million dollars’ worth of marijuana and cash, the government alleges.
Following the robbery, Kim allegedly took possession of the stolen marijuana to resell for profit. Months later, on Feb. 11, 2019, law enforcement agents conducted a search of Kim’s home and seized 27.71 grams of cocaine and four firearms from his bedroom closet, according to prosecutors.
A half-dozen co-defendants, including former LASD Deputy Marc Antrim, pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing in Los Angeles federal court.