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3 arrested for allegedly beating Ariz. drug dealer

PHOENIX -- Three men are in custody for allegedly assaulting a Phoenix drug dealer.

Phoenix police say 37-year-old Kendall Jamar Pride, 28-year-old Jason Shaffer Ellis and 24-year-old Dion Colter were booked into jail Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and possession and use of a weapon.

At their initial court appearances Monday, Pride was ordered held without bail while bond was set at $75,000 apiece for Ellis and Colter.

Police allege the men went to the dealer's home to allegedly purchase 100 pounds of marijuana.

They allegedly held him by the throat, put guns against his head and began to beat him using their fists and guns.

The three men fled the scene but were later arrested.

The unidentified drug dealer was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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