Marijuana courier robbed during Tacoma delivery

Staff writerOctober 1, 2013 

He delivered five ounces of medical marijuana to the door of a Tacoma home and was met by two men and a gun.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged the two men – Leon McMillan, 29, and Michael Ware, 17 - with first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree criminal trespass. McMillan is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both men have pleaded not guilty and were ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The holdup happened Thursday at a vacant house in the 6000 block of South Yakima Avenue.

The marijuana courier told police he was delivering $792 worth of pot to a customer who phoned in the order but was met at the door by two men.

According to charging papers:

McMillan, holding a semiautomatic handgun, ordered the courier “to throw him the stuff or die.”

The courier tossed him the marijuana and the men slammed the door shut. The courier called police, who began searching the neighborhood with a tracking dog.

Officers discovered the abandoned house next door had also been broken into. McMillan was found inside an upstairs crawl space and struggled with a police dog before being dragged out of his hiding spot.

Ware, who was also hiding in the crawl space, eventually came out on his own.

A gun and the marijuana were recovered.

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