Possible IED Thrown Into Marijuana Collective
April 20, 2012
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – On the eve of the nation’s biggest marijuana holiday, an unknown person threw a “improvised explosive device” into one of three medical marijuana collectives in South Lake Tahoe.
About 10:15 p.m. Thursday, South Lake Tahoe police, South Lake Tahoe firefighters and the Douglas County Bomb Squad responded to a report of a possible improvised explosive device being thrown into Patient to Patient Collective, according to a Friday statement from the city.
“The investigation revealed an improvised explosive device was thrown into the business through a window, causing minor property damage,” according to the statement. “The device caused a small fire and it’s unclear if it functioned as intended. The business was closed to the public at the time the device was discovered, however, there were two employees working inside. Neither of the employees was injured in the incident.”
Erika Triglia, manager at the dispensary, said the device was a PVC pipe containing sulfur and a fuse. The suspect targeted the room where the collective typically keeps maturing marijuana plants, Triglia said. The incident was an attempt to kill the plants by clouding the room with excessive amounts of sulfur, Triglia said.
The plants were not in the room at the time of the incident due to spring cleaning at the dispensary, but the incident could have cost the collective a lot of money, Triglia said.
“The person made a big smoky mess, but that’s all they did,” Triglia said. She said she has some idea as to who may have been involved in the incident, but said she would save that information for police.
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According to Friday’s statement, the Douglas County Bomb Squad removed the device from the building, rendered it safe and booked it into evidence for processing.
Triglia said the device was removed by her husband, Matt Triglia, who operates the collective. She questioned the need for the bomb squad’s robot, as well as police overtime in the response to the incident.
The collective was open for business as usual Friday.
April 20 has historically been an unofficial holiday when marijuana users, both recreational and medicinal, celebrate cannabis.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing and police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Jeff Roberson at 530-542-6100 or Secret Witness at 541-6800. People are asked to reference case number 1204-1552.
– Tahoe Daily Tribune reporter Dylan Silver contributed to this story