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Police seek Ashland man in pot stabbing

ASHLAND — Police are looking for a 20-year-old Ashland man who allegedly stabbed another man in the leg and took his 3.5 pounds of marijuana Saturday night.

Police said Nima Blue stabbed Ashland resident Drai Beveridge, also 20, with a knife during an altercation in Blue's pickup shortly before 7 p.m. in the Market of Choice parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard.

"Apparently, Blue tried to steal the 3 pounds of pot, and they got into a brawl about it and Blue stabbed the victim in the leg," said Sgt. Hector Meletich of the Ashland Police Department.

When Beveridge arrived at Ashland Community Hospital with a stab wound, hospital officials called police. Beveridge's leg required stitches, but he was released from the hospital hours later, Meletich said.

Beveridge told police he works for a medical marijuana farm in Talent and is an Oregon medical marijuana cardholder, which enables him to possess 1.5 pounds of pot.

It was unclear if Blue and Beveridge were under the influence of marijuana during the altercation, Meletich said.

The two men were acquaintances and had been riding in Blue's truck when they began arguing over the pot, Beveridge told police. After the stabbing, Blue fled the scene in his truck, leaving Beveridge in the parking lot, the victim told police.

Officers have yet to speak with Blue, who is wanted by the police, Meletich said. Blue is described as 6-feet-1-inch tall, 220-pounds and caucasian.

He may be charged with intimidation, menacing and harassment, Meletich said.

The incident was unusual for Ashland, which has a low rate of violent crime, he said.

"This is a rare occurrence in the city of Ashland and, unfortunately, due to two individuals who knew each other and got into a brawl, this is how it turned out," he said.

Officials are asking anyone with information about Blue's whereabouts to call the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Hannah Guzik is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach her at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.