Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

07-14-09 Meth Trafficking - Four Arrested

07-14-09 Meth Trafficking - Four Arrested

    Boise, July 14, 2009 - Boise Police have arrested four people for trafficking meth after one suspect sold more than one pound of meth to undercover police officers. Detectives say the amount of meth seized, with a street value of more than $42,000, is significant.

    "We expect these arrests will cause the price of meth to go up and the supply of meth to go down in the Boise area, at least in the short term," said Lt. Steve Myers of the Boise Police BANDIT Narcotics Unit.

    "This is a sizable amount of meth to be selling in the Treasure Valley. We believe these suspects were selling to mid-level dealers, so their arrests will have an impact on price and availability, but for how long, we don't know." said Lt. Myers.

    Arrested: Michael R. Hoaglen, 49, Nampa

    Charged: Trafficking Methampetamine (F)

    Arrested: Timothy L. Colton, 47, Boise

    Charged: Trafficking Methampetamine (F)

    Arrested: Latosha K. Wylie, 22, Nampa

    Charged: Trafficking Methampetamine (F), Possession of Controlled Substance (F)

    Arrested: Tonya Y. Fowler, 35, Caldwell

    Charged: Possession of Controlled Substance (F), Possession of marijuana (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

    What Happened: Detectives with the Boise Police Narcotics Unit (BANDIT), with assistance from Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers and the Ada County Metro Narcotics Unit, arrested four people Monday, July 13th, in an ongoing investigation into meth trafficking in the Boise area.

    Officers arrested suspects Hoaglen and Wylie approx. 6:00 p.m. Monday evening  in a parking lot near Eagle and Ustick. The arrests came shortly after Hoagland sold over one pound of suspected crystal meth, with a street value of more than $42,000, to undercover detectives. 

    Colton and Fowler were later arrested at separate locations. Officers believe all four are connected to the same meth trafficking operation. 

    Potential Consequences: Under Idaho law, those convicted of trafficking 400 grams or more of methamphetamine (one pound equals 454 grams) face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of ten years and a fine of $25,000.

    When arrested, suspect Hoaglen was carrying a loaded firearm, which if convicted of the trafficking charges, can add additional time to any potential prison sentence.

    To learn more about what drugs are used in the Boise area, and how to offer police tips on possible drug activity, log onto www.boisepolice.org and follow the link to Drug Identification and Resources.