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Four face charges after being arrested in fake police cruiser
By Associated Press, 6/2/2003 06:52

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) Four men from Boston and Lawrence faced charges after state police stopped a fake unmarked police cruiser, in which police found guns, knives, masks, badges and handcuffs, along with about $100,000 in cash.

The four, who were not immediately identified, were to be arraigned on Monday in Quincy District Court on weapons and other charges, according to State Police trooper Mark Lombardi.

Lombardi, who was assisting a motorist about 2 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 93-north in Braintree, noticed the fake cruiser had strobe lights flashing in the back window. Lombardi said he thought at first it was an unmarked state police car, but the license plate was not familiar, so he radioed ahead to trooper Larry Kiley, who pulled the car over. A second vehicle also was stopped.

Lombardi said the stash of weapons and badges was found in a secret compartment inside the gray sedan, and the cash was found in the trunk in a duffle bag.

''We're not sure if they had just finished a drug deal, or just ripped off a drug deal,'' Lombardi said.

The suspects' cars were taken to the Milton barracks for a search. Lombardi said a drug-sniffing dog reacted strongly to the money.
 

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Looks like they were driving a taurus. Losers..........

Cops: Fake cruiser carried desperados, guns, $100G

by Jose Martinez
Monday, June 2, 2003

A foursome of bogus cops - flush with cash from either a robbery or a drug deal - got themselves pulled over on Interstate 93 by leaving the strobe lights lit in the back window of their gray sedan, state police said.


Inside the Ford Taurus, state police found a secret compartment of guns, knives, masks, badges and handcuffs, as well as a duffle bag stuffed with about $100,000 in the trunk, trooper Mark Lombardi said.

``We're not sure if they had just finished a drug deal or just ripped off a drug deal,'' said Lombardi, who spotted the faux unmarked cruiser while assisting a motorist on I-93 north in Braintree just before 2 p.m.

Lombardi radioed ahead to trooper Larry Kiley, who stopped the vehicle and its unlicensed driver.

The car was taken to the Milton barracks for a search. A drug-sniffing dog reacted strongly to the money, he said.

State police did not release the names of the men, in their 20s and from Boston and Lawrence, but said they were to be arraigned on weapons and other charges today in Quincy District Court.
 
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