HAMILTON - Five Bitterroot Valley residents, including the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Stevensville, have been arrested after an incident that left one man bleeding beside a road.
Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said the case involves a burglary and theft of drugs from a medical marijuana business, John Stone Foundation Quality Cannabis, near the Stevensville Wye.
The owner of the business, Tracy Alan Moser, 44, of Stevensville, was among those arrested in the case.
Sheriff's officers responded to a 9-1-1 call Tuesday that a man, who was bleeding heavily, had been found on Burnt Fork Road east of Stevensville.
The five men charged in the case were arrested by 11:30 p.m. the same day, said Ravalli County Undersheriff Perry Johnson.
Hoffman said the incident included an assault that involved several people and various weapons, including a firearm.
The men arrested were Moser, Beau H. Miller, 22, of Stevensville; Jesse D. Shoup, 26, of Victor; Kory M. Gassman, 31, of Hamilton; and Jason Erik Weis, 35, of Hamilton.
The men will appear before Ravalli County Justice Robin Clute on Thursday afternoon.
Hoffman said the men will face charges including burglary, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, obstructing a peace officer, tampering with evidence and felony sale of dangerous drugs.
Hoffman declined to release additional information about the case Wednesday evening.
Moser opened Stevensville's only medical marijuana dispensary in February.
The Stevensville Town Council has since passed an emergency ordinance that prohibits the opening of new medical marijuana dispensaries until the town completes a zoning study.
Moser told the Ravalli Republic that he became a medical marijuana patient at 22 after hurting his back on a fishing boat in Alaska. His prices for marijuana ranged from $40 to $300 for an eighth of an ounce.
In March, Moser said he grows some of the marijuana for sale in his store, and also purchases some locally.
Moser said his business name didn't refer to anything in particular.
"I just like the name ‘John Stone' and decided to use it," he said. "And to me ‘Foundation' makes it sound stable. That's just my thing."
No one answered the telephone at his shop Wednesday afternoon.
Anyone with information relating to the incident can call the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office at 375-4060.
Ravalli Republic editor Perry Backus can be reached at 363-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.