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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Solano County Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Drug and Firearms Offenses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Maurice Antoine Jefferson, 50, of Vacaville, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to 11 years in prison for possessing marijuana for distribution near a school zone, possessing cocaine for distribution, and possessing a firearm as a felon, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Jefferson was the sole proprietor of the Shredders Federation clothing store in Vacaville. He allegedly used the business as a cover to distribute marijuana and cocaine to high school students and others and as a front for money laundering. When agents executed a search warrant at the store in August 2016, they found 6.4 pounds of marijuana, 129 grams of cocaine, and other indicia of drug distribution. Jefferson was carrying a 9 mm pistol with him when Vacaville Police Officers arrived at the business. Jefferson has a felony conviction and is not allowed to possess any firearms.  

In January 2018, Jefferson pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it within 1,000 feet of the Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville. During the same hearing, Jefferson also pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine for distribution and possessing a firearm as a felon.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Vacaville Police Department and the Napa Special Investigations Bureau, with assistance from the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy H. Delgado prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
2:17-cr-130 MCE
Updated April 12, 2018