Roseville barber with drug, gang convictions headed to prison

5:18 PM, May 18, 2010   |    comments
Darin Durel Blockton
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AUBURN, CA - A Placer County judge ruled a Roseville barber who pleaded guilty to selling cocaine while serving four separate probations deserved a stiffer sentence.

Darin Durel Blockton, 24, was sentenced to 13 years in state prison and had his probations revoked by Placer County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Curry last Friday.

According to the Placer County District Attorney's Office, Blockton was on three probations in Placer County, with one being a 2006 judgement for transporting cocaine, and a 2008 Sacramento County probation for involvement in street gang activity.

Then in April 2009, Roseville police acting on a tip, observed Blockton conducting a drug deal in the parking lot of the Roseville barbershop where he worked,  said Senior Deputy District Attorney Suzanne Gazzaniga.

Officers saw the car's driver toss out a bag of cocaine when he was stopped and Blockton was found with $1,713 in cash,   Gazzaniga said. She said text messages recovered from the two men also revealed arrangements for the cocaine sale.


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