Pot Deal Gone Bad Leads to Lockdown of Phoenix Airport Terminal, 25 Canceled Flights


Layron Dejarnette was arrested at Sky Harbor airport yesterday after running and hiding from police for several hours.

A marijuana deal gone bad at a Tempe gas station eventually led to a three-hour lock-down of a terminal and 25 flight cancellations at Sky Harbor airport yesterday. A group of three people showed up to a Shell gas station near Broadway Road and Price Road in Tempe around 2:45 yesterday, and one of them shot the pot dealer, police say. The dealer was able to make his way to a nearby apartment complex and called police, while the group of three drove away from the gas station, and toward the airport.
According to police, patrol officers in Tempe spotted the suspects driving about two minutes after the 9-1-1 call was made, but a high-speed chase developed.

Tempe PD spokeswoman Molly Enright said yesterday that police “terminated the vehicle pursuit for public safety reasons due to the high rate of speed the suspect vehicle was traveling.”
The three suspects ditched the car at the airport, and police caught two people — identified as 25-year-old Louis Clark and 18-year-old Rosetta Salazar — rather quickly. The third person, later identified as 25-year-old Layron Dejarnette, wasn’t found for another three hours.
More at the Phoenix New Times.