Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
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Five suspects were arrested in connection with a possible drug deal gone bad and officers confiscated approximately 1,200 pounds of marijuana from the backyard of a home in Pomona, a police sergeant said Saturday.

“Although the investigation is still ongoing, it appears this was possibly a pre-arranged meeting between parties and a drug deal gone wrong,” said Sgt. Dennis Cooper of the Pomona Police Department.

A little after 11:45 p.m. Friday an armed carjacking occurred in the area of Mission Boulevard and Sorrento Road, where a gray 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and 18-foot cargo trailer were taken, Cooper said.

The truck and trailer were located a short time later in the area of the 700 block of Washington Avenue, where officers in a police helicopter spotted the suspects unloading the trailer and throwing large bags into the backyard of a residence, he said.

“When officers arrived and detained the suspects, they found that the trailer and bags contained approximately 1,200 pounds of marijuana,” he said. “A search warrant was obtained for the residence and officers located an illegal marijuana grow with approximately 240 plants.”

Pomona resident Tyler Holthouser, 25, and Victorville resident Xavier Blackmon, 26, were arrested on suspicion of carjacking and possession of marijuana for sales. Pomona resident James Holthouser. 34, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit carjacking, cultivating and possession of marijuana for sales.

The two alleged carjacking victims, Redding residents Timothy Frerichs, 39, and Dennis Young, 40, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales.

Pomona police asked anyone with any information regarding the investigation to call them at (909) 620-2085.

—City News Service

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