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Sep 25, 2013 3:49 PM by Andy Koen

Convict pretending to be cop arrested by real undercover cop

PUEBLO WEST - A man pretending to be an undercover cop was arrested Monday at a cell phone store in Pueblo West by an actual undercover detective with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. The detective had been speaking with the clerk when he was approached by Roland Herrera, 63.

Herrera reportedly told the detective that he was an undercover officer. "Why do you have so many phones," Herrera asked. "Are you a drug dealer?"

Herrera then identified himself as "a cop" and ordered the detective to turn over his drugs. When detective asked to see Herrera's badge, the man told the detective again to "give him the drugs".

At that point, the detective showed Herrera his credentials and told him he was under arrest for impersonation of a peace officer.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said in a news release that the incident is a good reminder to the public that anyone can request to see an officer's badge if they are suspicious of someone claiming to be from law enforcement.

"Any law enforcement officer, when requested to, is required to show you credentials," Taylor said. "Herrera is a parolee from another state, someone who has a felony history. To commit the crime of impersonation, a suspect is likely trying to intimidate you or gain compliance from you and if they are successful, it could be dangerous."

Herrera is being held on $25,000 bond at the Pueblo County jail on a felony charge of criminal impersonation.

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