Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, December 18, 2008

12-18-08 Officers Bust Two Drug Houses

12-18-08 Officers Bust Two Drug Houses

    Boise, Dec. 18, 2008 - Boise Police made several arrests at two neighborhood drug houses this morning; one at a home where evidence points to drugs being used and sold, and another where both a mother and teenage daughter now face felony drug charges.

    Each case involves methamphetamine.

    Both cases began with citizen tips to the Boise Police BANDIT drug task force. BANDIT and the Ada County Metro Drug Task Force assisted Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers in following up on the tips. 

 HOUSE #1

    Arrested: Bridget L. Deluca (aka Campbell), 38, Boise

    Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance-meth (F), Injury to a Child (F)

    Arrested: Quentin C. Padilla, 24, Boise

    Charges: Frequenting a Place where Drugs are Used or Sold (m), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m), Parole Violation

    Arrested: 16 year old female (juvenile, name not being released)

    Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance-meth (F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m), Probation Violation

    What Happened: Shortly after 9:00 a.m. this morning, Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers served a search warrant at a home on the 700 blk of Richmond St., near Broadway and Federal Way. Officers had investigated drug use at the home following a citizen tip. 

    While searching the home, officers found evidence of drug use throughout the house. Deluca is charged with being in possession of approx. 2.5 grams of meth. Deluca lived in the home with her daughter. Officers also found evidence that Deluca, was aware of her teenage daughter's drug use.

    Boise Police arrested both Deluca and Padilla, who were booked into the Ada County Jail. The juvenile female was taken to juvenile detention.

HOUSE #2

    Arrested: James M. Atkins, 66, Boise

    Charges: Possession of Meth with Intent to Deliver (F), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)

    Arrested: Tommie A. Ritter, 55, Garden City

    Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance-meth (F), Frequenting a Place where Drugs are Used or Sold (m), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)

    Arrested: Daniel L. Clifford, 61, Boise

    Charge: Frequenting a Place where Drugs are Used or Sold (m)

    Arrested: Brian L. Nelson, 44, Boise

    Charge: Frequenting a Place where Drugs are Used or Sold (m)

    What Happened: Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers served a search warrant on a home on the 2000 blk. of So. Owyhee St. approx. 9:20 a.m. this morning, the residence of two of the suspects; Atkins and Nelson. Officers found Atkins in possession of approx. eight grams of meth, scales, packaging materials, and several hundred dollars in cash. Officers say there's evidence Atkins was selling meth out of his home.

    Safety Tips for Neighbors: Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers investigate citizens tips on possible drug houses. Officers say there are several things neighbors should watch for that could be clues to drug activity.

  • Traffic coming and going from the home at all hours.
  • Visitors who stay only a short period of time.
  • Vehicles that stop at a house, someone walks from the house to the car for a short interaction, then the vehicle drives off.
  • Visitors to the home may park several houses away or around the block and walk the rest of the way to the house.
  • Someone from the home gets inside a vehicle, takes a very short drive, then return.

    Boise Police urge anyone with any information on neighborhood drug activity to please call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.boisepolice.org and click on Neighborhood Services to contact your Neighborhood Contact Officer.