The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says a former Sinaloa Cartel member was found with police body armor, badges, a ballistic helmet, and Phoenix Police Department patches, as well as weapons and other “law enforcement identifiers.”

The former cartel member, 40-year-old Edward Alvarez, allegedly was operating a group wearing the police gear to rip off potential drug buyers.

The Sheriff’s Office knows about an incident in late March, in which detectives found out that they ripped off between $60,000 and $95,000 from gangsters in the Varrio Tolleson Chicanos gang.

Source: Matthew Hendley for Phoenix New Times

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