Skip to content
Placer County, CA
Return to Home Placer County
  • Jobs, Benefits, and Business

    Includes veterans' benefits, starting and running a business, unemployment, County job openings, and selling to the County.

  • Law and Justice

    Includes the courts, most wanted, law enforcement, child support enforcement, sealing record, victims' services, and jury duty.

  • Building, Property, and Home

    Includes planning, building codes and permits, owning and renting a property, and property tax assessments.

  • Health and Family Care

    Includes child and adult health service, food stamps, foster care, mental health, in-home nurse, substance abuse, and child support.

  • Birth, Death, and Marriage

    Includes bereavement, certificates and vital records, and divorce.

  • Environment and Agriculture

    Includes air quality and burn days, garbage and recycling, sewer, conservation, and green energy financing.

  • Animal Services

    Includes adopting a pet, animal control, and local vets and shelters.

  • County and Government

    Includes information on the buildings, county, codes, departments, projects, representation, and voting.

  • Community and Recreation

    Includes activities and events, parks, museums, libraries, and volunteerism.

  • Taxes and Financial Reports

    Property taxes, business taxes, transient occupancy taxes, fines, and financial reports.

  • Transportation and Travel

    Includes passports, bus schedules, and road maintenance.

  • Safety and Emergency

    Includes forest fires and floods, emergency preparation, and emergency response.

Press Release: People v. Blockton, Darin Durel, 5/18/10

May 18, 2010

Bradford R. Fenocchio

District Attorney



10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240

Roseville, California 95678

916 543-8000




For Immediate Release

Date: May 18, 2010                        



                        Art Campos

                        Public Information Officer

                        916 543-8076

                        Scott Owens

                        Assistant District Attorney

                        916 543-8000





A man who was on four separate probations has been sentenced to 13 years in state prison after pleading guilty to selling cocaine out of a Roseville barber shop.

Darin Durel Blockton, 24, was given the sentence Friday by Placer County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Curry, who revoked his probation and fined him $5,000.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Suzanne Gazzaniga said Blockton was  placed on probation in Placer County in 2006 for transporting cocaine, a violation of the California Health and Safety Code.

“While he was on probation, he continued to commit crimes in both Placer and Sacramento counties,” Gazzaniga said.

Blockton received two additional grants of probation in Placer County and was also given probation in 2008 in Sacramento County for participating in street gang activity, Gazzaniga said.

Last year, the Roseville Police Department received a tip that Blockton, a barber, was selling drugs out of the hair-cutting shop at which he worked, she said.

He was placed under surveillance and on April 30, 2009, police observed  a drug deal take place between Blockton and a man who drove into the shop’s parking lot.

After the transaction, police followed the car and later stopped the driver, who tossed a baggie of cocaine underneath the vehicle as he got out,  Gazzaniga said. At the barber shop, Blockton was found with $1,713 in cash, she said.

Cell phone text messages between the driver and Blockton indicated that a drug deal had been arranged between the men, she said.

Gazzaniga praised the Roseville Police Department and the Placer County Probation Department for their investigation into Blockton’s activities.

“This was a defendant who had opportunity after opportunity to rehabilitate himself and he chose to continue to endanger the health and safety of the citizens of Placer County,” Gazzaniga said. “I was quite pleased that Judge Curry sentenced this defendant to 13 years in prison.”

Gazzaniga said Blockton could face additional incarceration for violation of probation in Sacramento County.