Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 11, 2006

2 lbs of Cocaine Found During Arrest

2 lbs of Cocaine Found During Arrest

Boise, Dec. 11, 2006 - Boise Police Narcotics Detectives arrested two men this morning for Trafficking Cocaine. Inside the suspects van, officers found one kilo (2.2 pounds) of cocaine. Detectives say a kilo is a relatively large amount of cocaine that was apparently headed into Idaho for sale in the Boise area, with an estimated street value of approx. $60,000.

    Arrested: Joshua P. Larky, 24, Meridian

    Charged: Trafficking in Cocaine, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (loaded handgun)

    Arrested: Cash T. Hammerland, 21, Boise

    Charged: Trafficking in Cocaine.

What Happened: Boise Police Narcotics Detectives developed a lead that two men would be bringing a large amount of cocaine to Boise from Las Vegas in a maroon mini van. Officers located the van about midnight on the Interstate near Broadway. Officers stopped the vehicle at Fairview and Allumbaugh about ten minutes later and made the arrests.

Narcotics Detectives say they are seeing a trend of more cocaine coming into the valley. Officers say the increase in cocaine may be due, in part, to laws restricting ephedrine sales, making the manufacture of methamphetamine more difficult.