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Man arrested for impersonating U.S. Marshal

On Monday, July 31, 2023, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Corporal Neil Rosaci arrested 52-year-old Derry Wayne Lambert for False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer, Unlawful Use of Blue Lights, Unlawful Use of a Badge, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Possession of Diazepam, and Introduction of Contraband into a Detention Facility.

On Monday, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Corporal Rosaci was at the Marathon gas station near South Highway 301 and SE Highway 42. While fueling his agency patrol vehicle, he heard an unfamiliar emergency siren and observed a black pickup truck, equipped with flashing red and blue emergency lights, driving around cars and through a red light. Due to the unusual tone of the siren and the fact that there were no calls for service that would require such a response from law enforcement at that time, a traffic stop was conducted.

Upon approaching the vehicle, Lambert was observed wearing a hat with the lettering “Police U.S. Marshal” and a Department of Justice seal. He also displayed a badge and claimed that he was a U.S. Marshal. Lambert advised he was responding to a shooting in Marion Oaks, but there were no reported shootings in the area. After several attempts to verify his law enforcement status yielded negative results, Corporal Rosaci contacted MCSO’s U.S. Marshal Liaison, who responded to interview Lambert. During the interview, Lambert provided inconsistent information, and it became apparent that Lambert was falsely impersonating a U.S. Marshal.

A search of his vehicle revealed he had a full control panel for emergency sirens and lights, as well as a firearm. Lambert was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. At the jail, Detention Deputy Jarred Bryant located several Diazepam pills in a concealed compartment inside Lambert’s wallet.

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