Apparently, this was a drug deal gone bad . . . or was it?
It sure appears that the Sheriff's Office is spinning it to show the evil of medical pot. Should we get rid of pharmacies because some people are misusing prescription drugs? If you follow their logic, I guess we should!
It's sad that the tragic death of three young men has been turned into a spin factory for eliminating medical pot. The sheriff's department should be ashamed.
Sheriff: Man in Calif. triple slaying confessed
By THOMAS WATKINS - Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES -- A man accused of fatally shooting three others in a drug deal gone wrong confessed to the killings soon after he was arrested, authorities said Wednesday.
|News Conference announcing the capture of Harold Yong Park.|
Park was arrested Monday after sheriff's deputies spotted his car in a small city in south Los Angeles County. He told detectives that he killed three men after going to buy marijuana from a West Hollywood apartment.
"Mr. Park was very cooperative, he confirmed many of the suspicions of the investigators," sheriff's Lt. Pat Nelson said.
Two of the dead, Pirooz Moussazadeh and Bernard Khalili, both 27, lived in the apartment and resold on the street marijuana that they purchased from pot dispensaries. Moussazadeh's brother, 38-year-old Shahriar Moussazadeh was not involved but was in the apartment at the time.
Park had both sold to and bought marijuana from Pirooz Moussazadeh and Khalili but did not have enough cash to complete the Aug. 26 deal, Nelson said. He allegedly shot all three men in the apartment.
"Shahriar was an unwitting victim who just happened to be in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time," Nelson said.
Park was arrested when a sheriff's deputy patrolling the city of Lomita was alerted by a computer system that spotted the license plate on Park's car. Investigators said they found five pounds of high-grade marijuana that had been stolen from the apartment where the men died.
At a news conference, Sheriff Lee Baca lambasted medical marijuana dispensaries, which he said have strayed far from their voter-approved mission of supplying medical marijuana to patients suffering from serious conditions.
"The medical marijuana program ... has been hijacked by underground drug-dealing criminals who are resorting to violence in order to control their piece of the action," Baca said. "People (are) resorting to violence because the profits are outrageous."
Many dispensaries grow their own pot but often augment product with marijuana grown elsewhere, including from illegal indoor grows. Baca said investigators have determined that some dispensaries even buy drugs from organized Mexican cartels.
California voters in the fall will decide if marijuana will be legalized for personal use. Baca's statements coincided with an announcement from campaign group No on Prop. 19 that he and Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., would lead efforts to see the ballot measure fail.
Marijuana dispensaries, also known as collectives, have been linked with a rash of violence in Los Angeles. On June 24, four robbers shot to death an employee and wounded another at Higher Path Collective in Echo Park. A few hours later the owner of another dispensary, Hollywood Holistic, found the body of an employee who had been shot to death.
Homicide detectives made an arrest in the first case but are looking for whoever killed Ila Ali Packman at Hollywood Holistic.