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Husband and wife sold illegal drugs, firearms in Yolo County, prosecutors say

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 - 7:45 pm

It’s a case seemingly torn from a television drama: She was a California Highway Patrol dispatcher sworn to protect and serve. He stalked the streets as an alleged member of the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Together, the husband and his wife, now fired from her dispatcher’s job, are accused of orchestrating deals for drugs and weapons in Yolo County as they sit in separate jail cells awaiting their next court date.

Dennis Killough Jr., 44, of Vacaville, a convicted felon, faces allegations of transporting and selling assault weapons, transporting methamphetamine for sale across county lines and possessing a high-capacity ammunition magazine for sale. His wife, Sarah Marie Killough (formerly Barham), 35, of Vacaville, faces charges of felony bribery and unlawful furnishing of law enforcement records.

The case against the pair focuses on deals the couple allegedly made with undercover agents in June and August and on the criminal history and other information authorities believe Sarah Killough squirreled away from her dispatcher’s job to help her husband stay clear of law enforcement.

The couple also face 14 drug, gang and weapons enhancements connected to the case.

Both have been held in Yolo County custody without bail since Dec. 11. A preliminary hearing in their case is set for Jan. 14 in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland.

County prosecutors alleged in a December criminal complaint that the Killoughs sold an AR-15 assault rifle and a large-capacity magazine to an undercover federal agent. Two months later, in August, the pair allegedly sold more than a kilogram of methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Arrest warrants issued for the Solano County couple showed CHP and federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearems and Explosives agents scoured their Alamo Drive apartment in Vacaville for computer equipment, phone and electronic records and signs of affiliation with the Hells Angels. Federal ATF agents also searched the Hells Angels’ Vallejo headquarters for weapons, computer and electronic evidence, financial records and surveillance footage.

The agents also searched the Vallejo offices of the CHP’s Golden Gate Division Dispatch Center for text messages and electronic CHP records that investigators say Sarah Killough could have used to help her husband stay out of law enforcement’s reach.

Sarah Killough had worked for the CHP since September 2009. She was dismissed Dec. 10, said CHP officials.


Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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