Sheriff calls New Year's Eve murder drug deal gone wrong

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pima County detectives say the New Year's Eve murder of a 17-year-old Tucson boy was a planned drug deal gone bad.

Detectives say the victim, Carlos Sandoval, was trying to sell a pound of high quality marijuana to the suspect, 19-year-old Keanu Castaneda, for about $3,500. The deal went bad when Castaneda opened fire, killing Sandoval, and ran off with the drugs.

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says it's a sad end to a young man who got involved in the illegal narcotics trade.

The sheriff's department has warrants out for the arrest of two other individuals in connection with the shooting.   They're not disclosing their names or identities at this point so as not to compromise the investigation.