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Police: Teen killed in ‘drug deal that turned violent’

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 | 7:07 p.m.

Allen Griffin

Allen Griffin

Wary of the marijuana buyer, a pair of friends — who were acting as intermediaries for the seller — brought replica guns to “flash” if needed, one of them told detectives.

But the buyer brought a real weapon and opened fire, fatally wounding one of the teenage friends in a North Las Vegas neighborhood, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police today identified the alleged gunman as Allen Griffin, 17. He was arrested hours after Wednesday’s shooting, which was reported about 5 p.m. near Coleman Street and San Miguel Avenue, down the street from Cheyenne High School, police said.

According to police, Griffin and an unidentified person met Aneas David King, 16, and a friend to buy marijuana. Police described the situation as a “drug deal that turned violent.”

King, who was shot once, died at University Medical Center.

The arrest report provided a broader outline.

King and his friend, described by the surviving male as “middle men,” would connect marijuana sellers to buyers, police said.

They were in a house when they received a message from Griffin inquiring about marijuana, he told police.

Being that Griffin was believed to be an alleged gang member, they were “cautious” and brought along the replica guns “for protection (and) to flash if needed,” according to the report.

On the street, Griffin told the intermediaries that he was in a hurry and didn’t want to meet the dealer.

King and Griffin and his associate stayed on the street, while King’s friend went to grab the pot, police said.

When he returned, suddenly Griffin asked for a scale to weigh the pot and said he wanted to meet the dealer after all, police said.

When he went to the house, King’s friend said, he heard a gunshot, and returned to find his friend lying in the street, police said. The pot was gone.

Griffin, who did not speak to detectives after his arrest, was identified through Facebook photos, and with the help of the Clark County School District, according to the report.

He is jailed on a count of murder with a deadly weapon, police said.