Los Angeles, CA — When the owners of a Los Angeles marijuana distribution business noticed a marked Ford Explorer sheriff’s unit and three armed men in their driveway back in 2018, they had no idea why police would be there as they were a completely legal operation. Being innocent was no defense, however, because the men behind the badge carrying out the raid were bonafide criminals and robbed them of $2 million in cash and cannabis.
The lead officer on this armed robbery disguised as a raid was Marc Antrim, who was assigned to the Temple City sheriff’s station with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department at the time of the incident. This week, Antrim was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his role in that raid.
“The seriousness of the crime could not be overstated,” U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said during a court hearing at which she handed down the sentence. The heist, which “sounded like a movie script,” was “tragic” for the victims and eroded “the public’s trust (in law enforcement),” the judge said.
Antrim, like so many other cops, was a bad one. In October of 2018, he decided to use his authority as a police officer to rob an innocent cannabis distribution company under the color of law.
Antrim, who was off duty, and two other criminals — Kevin McBride, 45, and Matthew James Perez, 44 — checked out an LASD SUV and drove to the cannabis distribution center. When they arrived at the facility, Antrim and his fellow criminals were met by another accomplice, Daniel Aguilera, who was driving a rental truck to help haul off the marijuana and $600,000 cash they were about to steal.
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, the incident unfolded as follows:
During the early morning hours of October 29, 2018, Antrim and his co-conspirators dressed as armed LASD deputies and approached the warehouse in an LASD Ford Explorer. Upon arrival, Antrim flashed his LASD badge and a fake search warrant to the security guards to gain entry to the warehouse. To perpetuate the ruse that they were legitimate law enforcement officers, Antrim and two fake deputies sported LASD clothing, wore duty belts, and carried firearms. One fake deputy also visibly carried a long gun to further intimidate the guards into submission.
At the beginning of the two-hour robbery, Antrim and his co-conspirators detained the three warehouse security guards in the cage of the LASD Ford Explorer. Soon after the guards were detained, a fourth man arrived at the warehouse in a large rental truck, and all four men began loading marijuana into the truck.
When Los Angeles Police Department officers legitimately responded to a call for service at the warehouse during the robbery, Antrim falsely told the LAPD officers that he was an LASD narcotics deputy conducting a legitimate search. To facilitate the sham, Antrim handed his phone to one of the LAPD officers so that the police officer could speak to someone on the phone claiming to be Antrim’s LASD sergeant. The individual on the phone was not Antrim’s sergeant, and Antrim did not have a legitimate search warrant for the warehouse.
After LAPD officers left the warehouse, other co-conspirators arrived and the robbery continued, allowing the fake law enforcement crew to steal even more marijuana and two large safes containing over half a million dollars in cash.
All those who participated in the raid have been sentenced to prison. Christopher Myung Kim, 31, a former employee of the warehouse was also sentenced for his role in planning it. Because Antrim rolled over on Kim in court, and in spite of the fact that Antrim was a cop at the time, Antrim’s sentence was half that of Kim’s.
Even after abusing his badge and betraying the public’s trust in a most egregious manner, Antrim was still given a sweet deal.