Boulder man attempting to buy pot one of 3 killed in California

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FORESTVILLE, Calif. — A Boulder man who was part of a group attempting to purchase “a significant amount” of marijuana was discovered dead in northern California Wednesday, along with two others.

“People associated with the victims said it was a pot deal gone bad,” Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Dennis O’Leary told KCBS. “We believe the victims were associated with another involved party. The victims were the buyers.”

The sheriff’s office has identified the victims as Todd Klarkowski, 42, of Boulder, Colo., Richard Lewin, 46, of Huntington, N.Y., and Raleigh Butler, 26, of Petaluma, Calif. Their bodies were discovered by Butler’s brother and his girlfriend at a residence in the rural city of Forestville.

Butler’s brother said he was expecting a call from Raleigh and became concerned when he did not receive it. The bodies of all three men were discovered a short time later.

Police have made no arrests and the murders of the three men remain under investigation.

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