Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

09-09-08 Marijuana Trafficking Arrest

09-09-08 Marijuana Trafficking Arrest

    Boise, Sept. 9, 2008 - Boise Police Narcotics Detectives arrested a Meridian teenager overnight after officers found seven pounds of marijuana, some of it packaged for sale, inside his home.

    Arrested: Steven Jeffrey James, 19, Meridian

    Charge: Trafficking Marijuana

    Background: Boise Police began investigating James about a month ago after a citizen reported to police that James was dealing marijuana. Police investigated and were able to gather enough evidence to serve a search warrant on the suspect's home about 9:30 p.m. last night.

   Officers found seven pounds of marijuana inside the suspects home near Eagle and Ustick. Officers also found materials used to package the marijuana, like scales and baggies, into smaller amounts ready for sale.

    Detectives estimate the street value of the marijuana found in the suspect's home to be approx. $30,000. Officers also say the marijuana found is a fairly high grade, meaning it contains chemicals that make the marijuana even more potent.

    "This is a good example of the type of arrests we can make when citizens learn of criminal activity and report it, so we can take it from there and investigate," said Sgt. Michael Harrington of BANDIT, the Boise Police Narcotics Unit. 

    "We believe, looking at the amount of the drug found and the way it was being packaged for sale, that the suspect likely had a lot of customers in the Boise area. This is a pretty significant amount of marijuana to get off the street," said Sgt. Harrington.

    Citizens can report suspected drug activity or any potential criminal activity to Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Tips can remain anonymous, and if the information leads to an arrest and conviction, the citizen may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.