Calif. pot robbery suspects held in GJ

Philip Miller

Andre Free

A pair of men suspected of attempted murder and robbing a California man’s marijuana were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 near Grand Junction last week.

Andre Free, 25, and Phillip Miller, 25, both Kansas residents, remained in custody Thursday at the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of drug-related charges after they were stopped just before 2 p.m. April 23, eastbound around mile marker 11, according to an arrest affidavit.

An officer wrote in the affidavit that he smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the car, and a search turned up a suitcase holding 3.4 pounds of marijuana and a loaded Glock handgun. Free admitted the suitcase belonged to him, the affidavit said.

Free and Miller were wanted on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery April 21 in San Diego, according to a report published by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The newspaper said one of the men met the victim April 20 at a medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego, and the victim invited either Miller or Free to smoke marijuana the next day at his home, according to the newspaper’s account. When the victim went to his bedroom to retrieve the drugs, one of the suspects fired a shot, but missed, and a second man then entered the house and demanded cash, according to the Union-Tribune’s report.

Free and Miller are suspected of stealing cash, marijuana and a cell phone before driving away in a dark sedan, the newspaper said.


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