In Denver, Colorado a drug dealer was sentenced to 16 years in prison after attempting to sell broccoli instead of weed. Things went downhill quickly for the drug dealer and his partner when buyers discovered they’d been duped and returned to fix the situation.
A Bogus Drug Deal
The whole dilemma started back in 2016. On March 14, 2016, Tercell Davis agreed to sell a large amount of cannabis to some buyers. They met up in a suburb of Denver and made the exchange. The buyers gave Davis $10,000. But instead of giving them cannabis, Davis gave them a bunch of broccoli he’d just purchased at the grocery store.
When the buyers discovered what happened, they were obviously not happy. So they used different names to set up another appointment. They planned to either get their money back or get Davis to give them the weed they were originally supposed to receive.
For this second meeting, Davis showed up with his business partner Sababu Colbert-Evans. They met the buyers in the parking lot of a mall. And once again, they showed up with nothing more than broccoli.
Eventually, the meeting fell into chaos. In the middle of an argument between the two groups, Davis and Colbert-Evans pulled guns and fired 11 shots. One of the buyers was hit. He was struck in the torso but eventually recovered.
Bogus Drug Dealers Arrested And Charged
Shortly after the debacle, Davis and Colbert-Evans were arrested. Colbert-Evans, who is 26 years old, was charged with extreme indifference, distributing an imitation controlled substance, and reckless endangerment. This week, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison. That time will be followed up with five years of parole.
Davis was charged with attempted second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing on August 7.
“The defendant’s decision to open fire in the mall parking lot during business hours could easily have seriously injured or killed people arriving at or departing from the mall—which included adults and children,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in a statement.
He added: “This may be the first time that broccoli has been bad for someone’s health. And no matter the reason, anyone who is convicted of trying to murder someone in our community will go to prison.”
Final Hit: Drug Dealer Sentenced To 16 Years
Authorities used this case to point out that although Colorado has legalized cannabis, the black market continues to exist. This phenomenon occurs elsewhere, as well. In Oregon, for example, reports showed that the cannabis black market continues to thrive after legalization. “Once again, violent crime is associated with the illegal transaction of marijuana,” said Brauchler. “Legalizing recreational marijuana has not yet eliminated the criminal element surrounding it.”