06-05-08 BANDIT makes Arrests for Cocaine Trafficking
Boise, June 5, 2008 - The Boise Police BANDIT narcotics task force, with assistance from officers from the Ada County Sheriff's Office and the DEA, have arrested two people on charges of cocaine trafficking. Boise Police narcotics detectives with BANDIT believe the pair is responsible for selling large quantities of cocaine in the Treasure Valley. Officers believe the suspects would sell cocaine to other dealers, who would then break down the amounts and sell to users.
"We are seeing more cocaine sales in this area," said Sgt. Mike Harrington of the Boise Police BANDIT narcotics task force.
"Cocaine has become cheaper than meth, so the demand is increasing. Both cocaine and meth can mean life changing addictions for users and contribute to other crimes being committed. We appreciate the citizen tip that began our investigation and led to these arrests." said Sgt. Harrington.
- Sergio John Hevia, 41 Meridian - two counts of Trafficking in Cocaine
- Christina Marie Boyle 31, Meridian - one count of Trafficking in Cocaine.
Background: Detectives with the Boise Police BANDIT narcotics task force began investigating the two suspects in December of 2007. Detectives say the investigation began with a citizen tip that Hevia was selling large quantities of cocaine in the Boise area. During the investigation Hevia sold several ounces of cocaine to an undercover Boise Police Officer. On Wednesday, June 4th, at approx 9:00 p.m., Hevia was arrested after again selling two ounces of cocaine to the undercover Boise narcotics officer. Officers then served a search warrant at Hevia's Meridian residence that he shared with Boyle. Assisting Boise Police in the search warrant were officers with the Ada County Metro Narcotics unit, the DEA and ATF. At the residence, officers found additional quantities of cocaine.
Boise Police are continuing this investigation. Detectives say more arrest's are possible.
Anyone with information on drug use or sales in the Boise area is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.