Former Rohnert Park Police Officers Charged With Conspiracy To Commit Extortion And Related Charges In Marijuana Seizure Scheme
Defendants Allegedly Used Traffic Stops along Highway 101 to Shake Down Drivers for Money, Marijuana, and Other Property
SAN FRANCISCO (STL.News) The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California unsealed charges today in a criminal complaint charging former Rohnert Park police officers Brendon Jacy Tatum and Joseph Huffaker with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right, announced Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of California Stephanie M. Hinds, FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Daniels. Tatum also is charged with falsification of records in a federal investigation and tax evasion.
According to the complaint, Tatum, from Santa Rosa, and Huffaker, from Rohnert Park, were employed as officers by the City of Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Police Services Patrol Division (RPDPS). Tatum was employed with RPDPS between 2003 and 2018, and Huffaker was employed with RPDPS between 2012 and 2019. RPDPS operated an interdiction team between 2014 and early 2017 that conducted traffic stops on vehicles along Highway101 between Cloverdale and Rohnert Park in a program designed to seize illegal drugs.