Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:43 PM by Ben Lloyd - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 27, 2013 10:39 AM
BROWNSVILLE - A 28-year-old Mexican citizen plead guilty at the federal courthouse in Brownsville to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. But that's not the interesting part of the story.
According to prosecutors, Jose Luis Rodriguez-Treto had his black Ford Escape outfitted with emergency lights, much like those on unmarked police cars. Prosecutors referred to suspects in these type of incidents as "Pseudocops."
Back in January, the defendant turned on the emergency lights of his SUV so he could make his way through traffic. Coincidentally, he drove right past two Homeland Security agents who were in an unmarked car.
The agents watched the Escape go by, thinking it was a police officer. That is, until they noticed a child's car seat.
Rodriguez-Treto was pulled over as the agents thought he was pretending to be an officer with the intent of committing a crime.
They found Rodriguez-Treto, his wife, their infant child, and some weapons inside the Escape.
Prosecutors say the agents also found a loaded pistol magazine in Rodriguez-Treto's pocket, a pistol in the glove box, a pistol in a diaper bag, a rifle under the back seat, police scanners, a fake badge, and other law enforcement type items.
Rodriguez-Treto faces 10 years in prison when sentenced in June.
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