01-11-08 Heroin Trafficking Arrest
Boise Police have arrested a man detectives describe as a major heroin dealer in the Boise area.
Arrested: Armando Garcia, 45, Boise
Charged: Trafficking a Controlled Substance
Background: Detectives from the Boise Police BANDIT Task Force began the investigation into the heroin trafficking last September thanks to a citizen tip.
During the 3 month investigation:
- Detectives purchased or seized over 14 ounces of brown heroin.
- They also seized over ten thousand dollars cash and two vehicles.
- 14 ounces of brown heroin has a street value of $80,000
Garcia is currently in the Ada County Jail awaiting arraignment.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.
Boise Police Detectives working on this case say they believe Garcia is responsible for up to 40% of the heroin sold recently in Boise. Officers also say there's evidence Garcia has been involved in dealing heroin in the Boise area for the past two years, getting his supply from a dealer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Detectives say Garcia would deliver drugs in his car. Much of the heroin seized was found in Garcia's vehicle. Much of the cash was found in Garcia's home.
Detectives say Garcia was selling to other drug dealers in the Boise area as well as selling to individual users. The supply and demand for heroin has remained fairly constant in Boise over recent years, say detectives.
"This is definitely one of the larger amounts we've seen," said Sgt. Mike Harrington of the Boise Police BANDIT Task Force. "This doesn't mean the amount of heroin is picking up in Boise, just that we got to the right person at the right time."
Detectives say heroin is a very addictive drug, like meth, and the chemicals used in production help make all drugs dangerous to the body. But Sgt. Harrington adds that heroin is especially hard for users to rebound from.
"Alot of people addicted to drugs like meth, cocaine or heroin commit other crimes to support their habit," says Sgt. Harrington. "Drug addiction in our community definitely spirals into other crimes, especially property crimes."
Boise Police detectives say they are grateful for assistance in this investigation from officers from the DEA, the ATF, and the Ada Metro Narcotics Task Force.
Boise Police ask citizens to report any possibility of drug use or sales to police. Reports can be made to Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, via the web at www.boisepolice.org, or to the Boise Police Narcotics Hotline at 321-0588.