U.S. Marshal arrested in marijuana heist
October 18, 2014
A California Highway Patrol officer arrested a deputy U.S. marshal for allegedly stealing 24 pounds of marijuana from drug traffickers with the intent to sell the pot. [KCRA]
On Oct. 11, Clorenzo Griffen and two accomplices, Andre Jamison and Rodney Rackley, pulled up behind three drug traffickers in a Yuba City motel parking lot. The men were dressed in tactical gear, impersonated police officers and robbed the victims at gunpoint of several garbage bags full of pot, federal authorities said.
According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Wednesday, the defendants planned to sell the marijuana.
Shortly after the robbery, which was caught on a surveillance camera, a California Highway Patrol officer saw the suspects run a red light while speeding in a Jeep Patriot.
The officer pulled the Jeep over in a parking lot and the three suspects attempted to flee, but were caught. Officers arrested Griffin, who has been a deputy marshal since 2010, along with the two other suspects and booked then into the Sutter County Jail on charges of robbery, possessing and distributing marijuana and brandishing a firearm while committing a crime, according a criminal complaint.
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