5 arrested for impersonating federal drug agents

Oct 3, 2014 1:16 PM by News Staff

Five people who allegedly stormed a residential marijuana garden near Redding and falsely identified themselves as federal drug agents have been arrested on charges of robbery and impersonating a peace officer.

Shasta County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael Peery says the people tending the pot told deputies the suspects - three men and two women - brandished rifles and wore toy badges, clothes with law enforcement insignia and at least one Drug Enforcement Agency jacket when they tried to raid the property on Thursday.

Peery says the robbers fired several shots at the growers and demanded their marijuana plants. The growers went into the house and came back with guns of their own, which prompted the phony agents to flee.

The suspects arrested were Adam Wert, 34, of Redding; Angela Wert, 33, of Lake Tahoe; Nora Hunter, 32, of Redding; Sean Vallodon, 43, of Redding; and George Howard, 51, of Redding. They were all booked into the Shasta County Jail.


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