Pubdate: Thu, 17 Dec 2015
Source: Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)
Copyright: 2015 Appeal-Democrat
Author: Harold Kruger


When three Florida men pulled off a pot robbery last year in Yuba 
City, they were unaware an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's 
homicide detective saw the whole thing.

One of the robbers, Clorenzo Griffin, 38, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 
pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to 
conspiring to commit a robbery and faces up to 12 years in federal 
prison when he is sentenced March 9. Griffin was a deputy U.S. marshal.

Co-defendant Rodney Rackley, 24, of Miami received a six-year 
sentence on Wednesday. The other defendant, Andre Jamison, 40, also 
of Miami, was sentenced to 87 months last week.

The October 2014 robbery happened in the parking lot of a Yuba City 
motel. The three armed men posed as police when they robbed marijuana 
dealers of 24 pounds of pot in garbage bags.

According to Griffin's plea agreement in federal court, the homicide 
detective "had parked his vehicle and was walking to his room" when 
he spotted the robbers take the pot.

The detective later identified the three suspects. Investigators also 
recovered video surveillance tape from the motel, corroborating what 
the detective and the victims said.

The men were eventually arrested by the California Highway Patrol and 
Sutter County sheriff's deputies.
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