An off-duty deputy U.S. marshal from Miami has been arrested on charges of participating in the armed robbery of a car loaded with marijuana in California, according to a federal complaint.
Clorenzo Mack Griffin, 37, a four-year veteran, was arrested Saturday with two other Miami-area men after the drug ripoff outside a motel in Yuba City.
The three men were wearing police gear when they were caught after their Jeep ran a red light around the corner from the California Highway Patrol's Yuba City office. The vehicle was carrying 24 pounds of marijuana.
A Sutter County sheriff's deputy saw a man later identified as Griffin run and then draw a handgun from his waistband, according to the complaint filed Wednesday by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Sacramento federal court.
The deputy fired at Griffin, who was not hit. He was taken into custody with the other two suspects, Andre Jamison, 39, and Rodney Rackley, 24.
Griffin is on administrative leave with pay, according to U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Barry Golden.
Griffin, who grew up in the Fort Lauderdale area, was a standout defensive back for the University of Minnesota football team.