Marijuana Deal Leaves One Man Shot

A Colorado man was found shot after a dispute over cannabis.  

An illegal drug deal was held in a home on the 8000 block of West Fremont Avenue in southern Jefferson County.  Eight people were inside the home, including the two suspects, who got away through the back door but not before shooting a man on the front lawn, then taking off.  The suspects fled in a silver, four-door hatchback, either a Ford Focus or a Subaru.

The shooting was originally reported as a drive-by, but has since come to light as being a drug deal gone bad.  It was unclear whether the other people involved in the transaction knew the names of the suspects or if they were not fully cooperating according to Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.  “This was a marijuana deal gone bad," he said.  "I don’t know if they were haggling over price and it went south."

The victim is described as a man in his 20's.  He had surgery early Wednesday morning and was later taken to an intensive care unit.  “We’re asking anyone who may have witnessed something to come forward and tell us what they know," Techmeyer said. 

While marijuana is legal medically and recreationally in Colorado, there have been numerous federal and local arrests of people growing pot illegally and exporting it to states where the drug remains illegal.  However, Techmeyer states that Jefferson County hasn't, "seen an influx of out-of-state people coming to Jefferson County to conduct drug deals."