EXCLUSIVE: FBI Breaks Up 7-Man Fake Cop Gang On Long Island

March 28, 2012 12:00 AM

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Breaks Up 7-Man Fake Cop Gang On Long Island
" MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A gang of suspected fake police officers on Long Island allegedly thought they were about make a killer score.

Instead, they ended up in some very real cuffs. As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reports exclusively, the FBI said they had an inside man.

The informant posing as a robber was dropped off at a diner, where he sounded the all clear to his partners in crime waiting on nearby Roselle Street in Mineola. At 4:26 a.m. they exited their vehicles, quickly sneaking toward the bounty — a warehouse filled with cocaine.

“[At] 4:30 in the morning my wife and I were awoken to what sounded like gunshots,” homeowner Carlos Valderrama said.

Valderrama said 50 FBI agents had jumped out of vans they were hiding in right in front of his house and wrestled thugs to the ground. Witnesses said the suspects were all impersonating cops.

“I think the worst part about it … these men posing as police officers are conducting criminal activities,” Valderrama said.

Seven men who were said to be conspiring to pose as police in order to steal drugs from dealers were arrested by federal agents "

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