NBC News said the crew planned to rob a heroin distribution ring Wednesday, but walked into a DEA sting instead.
The crew was armed with guns, fake police vests, shirts, ski masks and a police scanner, NBC News reported.
DEA agents infiltrated the Bronx gang and were able to arrest 16 individuals.
"As alleged, this was a marauding gang of armed and violent thieves in the Bronx who masqueraded as police officers in order to trick their narcotics-dealing targets so they could steal their drugs and their cash," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
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