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UPDATED: Medical marijuana distributors robbed at gunpoint, Tacoma police report

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 18, 2011 at 8:06 am with 8 Comments »
August 18, 2011 11:18 am

UPDATED at 9:30 a.m.

Tacoma police were searching for three men who robbed two medical marijuana distributors Wednesday night in the city.

The victims are a husband and wife who live in Burien, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. They received a call Wednesday from a man who they thought was a legitimate medical marijuana patient.

The couple traveled to Tacoma to meet the potential buyer. When the couple couldn’t find the initial meet-up location, they called the potential buyer, Fulghum said.

He directed the couple to a second location – a home in the 2100 block of South M Street. The couple knocked on the door about 8:30 p.m. but got no answer, Fulghum said.

They called the buyer again. He said he was in the backyard and would be right out.

Three men then ran from the backyard. One punched the husband, knocking him to the ground. The suspect grabbed a duffel bag the man was carrying.

A second suspect grabbed a box the wife was holding, Fulghum said. When the husband tried to get up, the third suspect pulled out a gun.

The suspects ran off. The husband declined medical aid. The robbers took an estimated $8,000 worth of marijuana from the victims, police reported.

The victims provided police with the following descriptions of the suspects:

* The one who punched the husband was black, in his 20s, 6 feet 2 and 275 pounds. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jean shorts.

* The suspect who grabbed the box from the wife was black, in his 20s, 5 feet 8 and 170 pounds. He had short hair.

* The suspect who wielded a gun was Hispanic, in his 20s, 5 feet 8 and 170 pounds. He wore a white-and-black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

A police dog searched for the suspects but did not find them.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. tommy98466 says:

    Hmmmm… 21st & M street is not a place to conduct legitimate business. I smell smoke.

  2. BigSwingingRichard says:

    What is this, a house to house medical marijuana distribution business?

    No mention of the purchasers having medical marijuana cards? I guess these legitimate local medical supply folks need to double check their business plan, otherwise they might put the medical crack dealers out of business.

  3. buttmanroad says:

    First Clue. Second Location. Second Clue. Neighborhood. Third Clue. Time of Day. Fourth Clue. No answer at door. I would have called off the Deal before the First Clue.

  4. auwing1978 says:

    Nobody said pot dealers were smart people

  5. Let’s see, a couple of humanitarian “medical marijuana” distributors were looking to ease the pain and suffering of a patient on Hilltop needing $8000 worth of pot.

    Yeah. Right.

    Gee, you don’t suppose those voters who bought into the whole “medical marijuana” bit might be just a tad on the gullible side, do you?

    Take two kilos and call me in the morning.

  6. Regfool2 says:

    Um – well, why don’t we just meet in the police station lobby? If you have a medical MJ card, shouldn’t be ANY problem….

  7. tonnibell says:

    Are you serious right now? Really? WOW! Now medical marijuana has home delivery at 8:30pm? And drives all the way from Burien (or up north) to the Hilltop area of Tacoma, really? C’mon, this was a drug deal gone wrong just like all the rest. What made these people think they needed to bring $8,000 worth of smoke to Hilltop? Oh wait, medical smoke. Whatever! Good Lord. I work in the Hilltop area, have to park in a gated area, walk across the street….with all the detours due to road work, I see drug deals go down everyday, seriously, everyday. Medical marijuana delivers….thats just the ONE that got caught and only caught because of the crime commited. Its everywhere.

  8. saywhat253 says:

    welcome to the jungle!

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