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Deputy U.S. marshal admits robbing marijuana dealers in Yuba City

A deputy U.S. marshal from Florida has admitted robbing marijuana dealers at gunpoint in Yuba City.

Clorenzo Griffin, 38, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento to conspiring to commit a robbery. As part of his plea agreement, Griffin admitted that he planned, financed and participated in the robbery, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release. He also stated in the plea agreement that he was a deputy U.S. marshal.

Griffin’s co-conspirators, Andre Jamison, 40, and Rodney Rackley, 24, both of Miami, previously entered guilty pleas in the case. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller last week sentenced Jamison to seven years and three months in prison. On Wednesday, she sentenced Rackley to six years in prison.

Griffin is to be sentenced March 9.

According to court documents, on Oct. 11, 2014, a California Highway Patrol officer in Sutter County attempted to stop a speeding Jeep Patriot. The three defendants eventually abandoned the vehicle in a parking lot on Starr Drive and tried to run away. They were taken into custody with the assistance of Sutter County sheriff’s deputies.

At the time of his arrest, Griffin possessed a loaded .40-caliber firearm, authorities said.

Court documents indicate that before fleeing from the CHP, Griffin, Rackley and Jamison, wearing police ballistics vests, had brandished firearms to rob three people of approximately 24 pounds of marijuana. The robbery occurred in the parking lot of a hotel on Highway 99 in Yuba City.

The case resulted from an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the California Highway Patrol, Sutter County Sheriff’s Office, Yuba City Police Department and the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy