Feds Say Vacaville Clothing Store Was A Drug-Selling Front Near School


ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THIS IS THE CBS 13 NEWS AT 10:00. IT LOOKED LIKE A CLOTHING STORE IN VACAVILLE. THEY WERE SELLING COCAINE AND MARIJUANA TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. THIS SHOPPING CENTER USED TO BE PACKED WITH KIDS WHEN SCHOOL WOULD GET OUT. NEW TONIGHT, THAT CASE IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF FEDERAL PROSECUTORS. GOOD EVENING, I’M SAM SHANE. LIVE AT THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE FOR US TONIGHT WITH DETAILS ON THE INDICTMENT JUST RELEASED TODAY. STEVE. AND THIS IS A COPY OF THAT INDICTMENT. IT SAYS THAT THE CLOTHES IN THAT STORE RARELY SOLD. INSTEAD, THE OWNER MADE HIS MONEY BY SELLING DRUGS. SCHOOL CROSSING SIGNS ARE POSTED AT THE INTERSECTION WHERE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ALLEGE A RETAIL STORE OWNER TARGETED VACAVILLE STUDENTS FOR DRUG SALES. POLICE TOOK THIS PHOTO OF ARRESTED BUSINESS OWNER, MAURICE JEFFERSON, AND A PHOTO OF HIS COCAINE AND MARIJUANA STASH, ALL EVIDENCE IN A FEDERAL INDICTMENT AGAINST HIM. THE STORE, NAMED SHREDDER’S FOUNDATION PRODUCED THIS ONLINE ADVERTISEMENT. ONE CLOSE LOOK INSIDE AND IT WAS CLEAR THE STORE’S CLOTHING WASN’T WHAT PEOPLE WERE BUYING. COURT DOCUMENTS READ, THE CLAIM JEFFERSON SELLS $12 TO $13,000 EACH MONTH IS DUBIOUS. TOP LAYERS OF CLOTHING HAD DUST ON THEM, AS DID THE SHELVES. LITTLE MERCHANDISE APPEARED TO MOVE. NEIGHBORING BUSINESS OWNER HAS BEEN AT THIS VACAVILLE STRIP MALL LOCATION FOR A DECADE. HONEST TO GOD, I NEVER SAW ANYBODY WALK IN OR OUT OF THAT STORE. I NEVER PAID ATTENTION TO THAT STORE. VACAVILLE POLICE FIRST ARRESTED JEFFERSON A YEAR AGO, HE WAS USING THE LOCATION TO LAUNDER MONEY. NOW THE FEDS WANT TO PROSECUTE. THE SENTENCE CAN BE DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT. THERE CAN BE A DISPERTY BETWEEN THE FEDERAL SENTENCE TO SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND A STATE SENTENCE YOU WOULD GET. AN ALLEGED DRUG DEALER SETTING UP SHOP BY A LOCAL SCHOOL. HE’S FACING THE FULL FORCE OF FEDERAL LAW. AND IF CONVICTED UNDER FEDERAL LAW, JEFFERSON FACES UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON AND A $60 MILLION FINE.

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