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Marijuana distribution link is suspected in Long Beach death

June 26, 2011 |  3:49 pm

Long Beach detectives say they will be in Chico on Monday looking for clues to the unsolved death of Philip Victor Williamson, who they believe distributed marijuana from the Northern California city to pharmacies in L.A. County and wound up dead in an alley off Pine Avenue.

Williamson, 29, was found with a gunshot wound March 24 in an alley in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue. He died the following day as a result of the injuries, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.

Authorities were initially confused why Williamson, who was not known to frequent Long Beach, would have been in the area. But they later learned he distributed marijuana to “various collectives in the Los Angeles County area, which he obtained from Chico.”

Although police say they are unsure whether his involvement in marijuana distribution played a role in his apparent slaying, they believe his associates and acquaintances in Chico may be able to offer clues, the release said.

The department says investigators will also pass out fliers asking for the public’s help in the Chico State University area, a place where Williamson was often known to be.

-- Ari Bloomekatz