(Joe Amon, Denver Post file)

Fake raid: Robbers impersonate cops, growers fight back in California

REDDING, Calif. — 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 in the fake raid — three men and two women — brandished rifles and wore toy badges, clothes with law enforcement insignia and at least one Drug Enforcement Administration jacket when they entered the property on Thursday.

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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 are between the ages of 32 and 51 and all but one is from Redding.