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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2007 1:12 pm | Updated: 7:29 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Two drug dealers held a gun to a potential customer’s throat on Thanksgiving and demanded additional money, Mesa police said.

Detective Chris Arvayo said the incident happened at 8:05 p.m. at 660 E. Broadway Road near Horne. He said the victim offered $10 for his debt from a previous drug transaction and $10 for the new drugs, but the assailants demanded all the victim’s money.

Arvayo said the victim refused to hand over the money, so the two assailants yanked it from his hands. When the victim asked for his money back, Arvayo said one of the assailants pointed a .22-caliber pistol at the victim's throat and threatened to kill the victim.

Arvayo said the assailants left the apartment and started running when they saw police walking toward them. Arvayo said the men were taken into custody, and officers found 16 baggies of rock cocaine hidden in cigarette package.

The men told police they were selling the cocaine packages for $10 each.

Arvayo identifed the drug dealers as Edgar Flores-Sasueta, 19, and Daniel Gallardo-Garcia, 22. He said the men were arrested on suspicion of numerous felonies, including aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, drug sales and weapons violations.

Arvayo said that Flores-Sasueta told the officers that he was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who crossed the border near Eloy about nine months ago. Gallardo-Garcia also told police he was an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

Police seized $174 in cash from the two men.

Arvayo said the victim was not arrested on drug charges because he never received the drugs.

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