Posted: Jan 13, 2014 8:09 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2014 8:43 PM
EDINBURG - A group of pseudo officers failed in their attempt to steal a drug load from a mobile home north of Edinburg, officials said.
Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators said the suspects fled leaving behind the drugs and other evidence.
The masked gunmen stormed the mobile home early Monday. They arrived in seven vehicles, some equipped with red-and-blue lights.
"It seems that somebody received information that there was a large quantity of marijuana at this particular residence. They formed a raid team, put police lights on the vehicles (and) raided the place," Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said.
Trevino said the lights were intended to serve as a scare tactic.
"They use these lights to make the victims believe that they're the police. And victims are more reluctant to take any sort of physical action or any type of retaliation or shooting against a police officer," Trevino said.
Trevino said a neighbor became suspicious and called the sheriff's department. Deputies arrived and found nearly 1,800 pounds of marijuana, two stolen, assault-type rifles, two handguns and the seven vehicles with their lights on and doors open.
"I don't think that we've ever had a home invasion where we've got an overwhelming amount of evidence that will probably lead us to some arrests. We have some blood sampling, we have DNA swabs. We have finger prints off the weapons and off the vehicles, off the packages. We have a lot to work with," Trevino said.
Deputies and a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter searched the area, but came up empty handed.