05-02-08 Several Arrested in Neighborhood Drug Raids
Boise, May 2, 2008 - Boise Police have arrested several people following two separate raids of suspected drug houses this week.
"Both these investigations began with neighbors calling in what they thought was suspicious activity," said Sgt. P.D. Burch of the Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Unit. "The neighbors then let Boise officers take it from there, and the results are several arrests on very serious charges, and hopefully more peaceful neighborhoods."
Neither drug case is related. Both stem from cooperation between police, neighbors, and related city agencies. Suspect booking photos can be found at www.adasheriff.org.
- Search Warrant served at 4532 W. Pasadena Thursday, May 1st, 12:01 a.m.:
Arrested: Francisco Salas, 44, Boise
Charges: Possession of a Methamphetamine (F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)
Arrested: Christie Jolene Cluff, 33, Boise
Charges: Possession of a Methamphetamine (F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m), Probation Violation
A 17 year old male juvenile was also arrested and faces Petit Theft and related drug charges in connection with this investigation.
All arrested are resident renters of the home on Pasadena.
What Happened: Neighbors recently called Boise City Code Enforcement officers to report suspected violations of city code and nuisance activity. Possible criminal activity was found by investigating Boise Code Enforcement officers and reported to the Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer for the area. The BPD NCO, Officer Lance Nickerson began an investigation that led to the serving of the search warrant.
During the search of the home officers found substances that tested positive for ecstasy, marijuana, and meth, along with related drug paraphernalia.
Also during the search, officers found the juvenile in possession of several items, including flags stolen recently from a nearby business, and an original watercolor painting that had been on display in a downtown business stolen in February, 2008. Officers contacted the owners of the items who wish to pursue charges.
- Search Warrant served at 8593 Antelope, Wednesday, April 30th, 3:00 a.m.:
Arrested: Jesse Wayne Kuntz, 46, Boise
Charges: Possession of Meth (F), Possession of drug Paraphernalia (m), Probation Violation
Arrested: Jason Robert Rice, 30, Boise
Charges: Frequenting Place where Drugs are Used (m), False Personation (m)
Arrested Cassandra J. Tuschoff, 40, Boise
Charges: Possession of Meth (F)
Arrested: Kari Leone Sluder, 46, Boise
Charges: Possession of Drug paraphernalia (m), Frequenting Place where Drugs are Used (m)
Arrested: Aleea Marie Sluder, 18, Boise
Charge: Possession of Meth (F)
All but Rice appeared to be resident renters of the home.
What Happened: This investigation began with a citizens call to Crime Stoppers reporting what they believed to be suspicious, possibly illegal drug activity occurring within the trailer home.
The Neighborhood Contact Officer, Officer Kevin Holtry began an investigation that led to serving this week's search warrant. The search found several grams of meth, amounts consistent with personal use, along with related drug paraphernalia.
Background on Drug House Investigations:
Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers typically investigate complaints of suspected drug houses where the activity falls between patrol investigations and those done by the Boise Police BANDIT Task Force who investigate suspected drug activity involving larger amounts of drugs or drug trafficking.
In 2007, BPD Neighborhood Contact Officers:
- served 51 search warrants
- arrested 84 individuals
- seized 1.11 pounds of methamphetamine
- 2.67 ounces of marijuana
- a large amount of drug paraphernalia
- several stolen vehicles and motorcycles
- $5,100.00 in cash.
- On cases where the house or apartment is a rental, NCOs work with landlords in evicting the tenants and cleaning up the property.
Citizens may contact or pass information to their Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers by:
- Calling Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, where information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminal suspects may results in cash rewards up to $1,000.
- Calling police dispatch at 377-6790.
- Logging onto www.boisepolice.org, click on Neighborhood Services.