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Three Arrested After Pot Deal Goes Bad

What looked like road rage turns out to be a fight over marijuana.

Two Temecula men were arrested Friday afternoon on an I-15 on-ramp after they assaulted a Lake Forest man following a marijuana deal, according to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department.

Highway Patrol officers responding to reports of three men fighting at 4:26 p.m. on the northbound I-15 on-ramp at Rancho California Road initially thought it was a road-rage incident, said sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Fredericks. Temecula police responded and determined that the altercation began a short time earlier near the intersection of Yukon and Rancho California roads after one of the men thought he had been ripped off during a marijuana deal, Fredericks said.

Arrested were 20-year-old Miguel Rosales and 19-year-old Gualberto Nino-Cruz Jr., both of Temecula, and 23-year-old Dominique Reliford of Lake Forest.

Police said Reliford bought marijuana from Rosales, but Rosales believed he was cheated in the transaction. Reliford fled the scene of the sale in his vehicle, with Rosales and Nino-Cruz chasing him in another vehicle.

Reliford was stopped in traffic at the intersection of Overland and Ynez roads when the Temecula men began assaulting him as he sat in his vehicle, police said. During the assault they stole property from Reliford and caused severe damage to his vehicle.

Reliford drove away but his vehicle broke down on the Rancho California Road on-ramp, where CHP officers soon arrived and detained all three suspects. Approximately two ounces of marijuana and stolen property were recovered from both vehicles, police said.

The three suspects were booked into the Southwest Detention Center. Rosales and Nino-Cruz were booked for robbery and conspiracy, both felonies, with Rosales facing a felony sale-of-marijuana charge. They remained in custody Saturday morning on $30,000 bail. Reliford was booked for felony sale of marijuana and was released Saturday morning on $20,000 bail.   

Imperfect Man November 20, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Andy, Do you often attempt to redefine words to suit your needs? I think LHJ and Ryan Newby were pretty clear that the black market is exactly what you are trying to re-brand as something else. The black market is the illegal market. The black market includes "scams", "tax dodgers" and all of the other people who sell items illegally. The list that LHJ pointed out is also clearly presented. It includes a lot of things. It's the black market. That's it. You seem to have a problem admitting that you are now describing the black market, so that you don't have to admit that it is the black market.. silly ... The black market exists and will exist long after pot is legal for recreational use. The only way the black market for pot will disappear is if the government allows recreational use without taxing, or setting an age limit. As long as there is an illegal aspect of anything like pot, or alcohol, or cigarettes, there will be an illegal market for them. Just as there is an illegal market now for cigarettes and alcohol, whether you decide to admit it or not. geezzzzzz... are you really that thick?
Imperfect Man November 20, 2012 at 04:19 AM
And some people get crazy without any help at all.
Andy November 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM
If you believe the black market for marijuana will "thrive", and that its profits and organization will not be reduced "in a substantial way" after marijuana is legalized because of tax dodgers, counterfeiters, and people selling to underage kids, then there is no hope for continuing this discussion.
Andy November 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM
@Imperfect : I had no issue with admitting tax evasion and scams were black market profits. Where am I redefining words? Please tell. See my second thru last replies...
Imperfect Man November 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Andy, The issue, based on the posts made by LHJ and Ryan Newby is that the black market will continue to be there for pot. You seem to be arguing that the black market for pot will be "insignificant", but when a person looks at the figures, any business that generates multiple billions of dollars (such as alcohol and cigarettes, which are legal items) in our society, we don't consider those figures to be insignificant. In fact, when a profit is in the billions of dollars, our society considers that a thriving business. I fail to understand how you can reason that they aren't thriving. "Small time", "amateurs" don't make billions of dollars, even if you group them together. You seem to want to make a comparison, when the statement is made that the black market will still thrive. There is nobody disputing that the black market may be reduced by a percentage based on the extent pot is legalized. But, that wasn't the statement that you decided to challenge. You challenged a statement that simply said the black market will continue, and will thrive. And that Andy, can't really be disputed. It will. Well, I guess you can dispute it. You can divide the black market up into different classifications of illegal activity and claim they are insignificant but, can you, really believe that legalizing a high demand product such as pot and regulating it, having age restrictions on it, is truly going to make the black market for it "insignificant"? That is just silly.

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