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Deputy U.S. marshal among three men accused of robbery, drug conspiracy

A deputy United States marshal from Florida arrested in Sutter County earlier this month in connection with an armed robbery is among three people indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Sacramento.

The grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Clorenzo Griffen, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, and Andrew Jamison, 39, and Rodney Rackley, 24, both of Miami. They are charged with robbery, drug conspiracy and brandishing firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence and drug trafficking, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

The the three have made initial appearances in federal court and have been ordered detained. They are to be arraigned Nov. 6.

According to court documents, on Oct. 11, a California Highway Patrol officer in Sutter County attempted to stop a speeding Jeep Patriot. The three occupants eventually abandoned the vehicle and were subsequently taken into custody with the assistance of the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of his arrest, Griffen possessed a loaded .40 caliber firearm, authorities said. Further investigation revealed that Griffen is a deputy United States marshal from Miami.

Court documents indicate that before fleeing from the CHP, the defendants allegedly robbed three individuals at gunpoint of approximately 24 pounds of marijuana.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.