Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

01-08-08 Arrests for Heroin, Injury to a Child

01-08-08 Arrests for Heroin, Injury to a Child

    Boise, Jan. 8, 2008 - Boise Police have charged two people with Felony Injury to a Child after a traffic stop led officers to the suspect's home, where two young children were found along with heroin and drug paraphernalia.

    Suspect: Jeffrey F. Johnson, 37, Boise

    Charged:  2 cts. Injury to a Child (f), Destruction of Evidence (f), Driving without Privileges (m)

    Suspect: Tia L. Nielson, 29, Boise

    Charged: 2 cts. Injury to a Child (f), Possession of a Controlled Substance (f)

    What Happened: Boise Police made a traffic stop in the neighborhood near Kootenai and Phillippi late Monday afternoon. The officers found the driver of the car, Johnson, driving with an invalid license. Johnson was arrested on the charge. During a search of Johnson after his arrest, officers found him in possession of a small bundle of heroin. During the stop, Johnson swallowed the bundle. Officers took him to the hospital for a medical check. Once Johnson was given a medical okay, Boise Police booked Johnson in the Ada County Jail on the above charges. A passenger in Johnson's car, Cheyne A. Fell, 27 of Boise was also arrested for misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

    Officers then went to Johnson's home, not far from where he was arrested, to check on his two children, ages 4 and 2. A neighbor had seen Johnson's arrest and called police dispatch to report her concern that drugs may be being used in Johnson's home with the children present. Officers arrived at Johnson's home to find Nielson, who also lived there and detectives say, is the mother of the children. Nielson allowed officers into the home, where they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of heroin. Officers say they found much of the drug paraphernalia, which included syringes, within easy reach of the young children. Nielson was then arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail. 

    Officers placed the two young children in the care of State Health & Welfare.