Khamis Horn busted, bitten by police dog after trash bags of weed stolen from dispensary
A few weeks ago, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey spoke out about violence in the medical marijuana industry; see his office's list of twelve deaths associated with MMJ.
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Fortunately, no one died in an armed robbery at a Denver dispensary late last month. But Morrissey and company have charged three people in relation to the crime, including Khamis Horn, who was bitten by a police dog while being captured -- and an investigation continues into possible involvement of a fourth.
A probable cause statement in the name of Horn and an arrest affidavit for Christopher Bletson, who has yet to be formally accused, are on view below in their entirety. They list the targeted dispensary's address as 4401 Zenobia Street, home of a 420 Wellness branch.
The 420 Wellness website lists three locations -- the one on Zenobia, plus sister stores on Bryant Street and South Federal Boulevard. But faithful readers of Westword medical marijuana critic William Breathes will likely recall his visit to a previous 420 Wellness outlet at 2748 West Alameda Avenue shortly after the operation scored a second place finish at the 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. Breathes's experience was memorable for a different reason: Some butane hash he purchased there exploded in flame.
A photo of High Times Medical Cannabis Cup awards earned by 420 Wellness and shared on its Facebook page.
As for the robbery, it took place on August 22, with cops responding while it was still in progress. According to a staffer at the scene, three black males packing guns entered the dispensary and demanded "Weed" -- that's a direct quote from the report.
After collecting several trash bags full of cannabis, the trio fled in a silver or tan SUV with a temporary license plate -- and a detective spotted a vehicle matching this description in the vicinity of I-70 and York minutes after the robbery. A short pursuit followed, after which officers busted James Hughes, thirty, and Lynn Shangreaux, 28.
Witnesses subsequently identified Hughes as one of the robbers and Shangreaux as driver of the getaway car. She later denied having any involvement in the stick-up but ID'd one of Hughes's cohorts as Horn, whose own journey to a cell was a painful one. The probable cause statement notes that he was cuffed after being bitten by a police dog, with the injury apparently being serious enough that he was transported to Denver Health for treatment.
Another photo from the 420 Wellness Facebook page.
How did Bletson enter the picture?
Continue for more about the armed robbery at 420 Wellness, including booking photos of the suspects, the arrest reports and more.