Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, October 08, 2009

10-08-09 Heroin Trafficking, Attempt to Steal Wii Games top overnight arrests

10-08-09 Heroin Trafficking, Attempt to Steal Wii Games top overnight arrests
  Boise, Oct. 8, 2009 - Detectives with the Boise Police Narcotics Unit have arrested a man believed to be a mid-level supplier of heroin in the Boise area. The arrest is part of an ongoing investigating into heroin trafficking in Boise.
 
   Arrested: Zachery J. Newson, 20, Boise
   Charge: Trafficking Heroin (F)
 
   The Boise Police Narcotics Unit, known as Bandit, has been investigating a heroin trafficking ring for the past four months. During the investigation, Bandit detectives received information that the suspect, Zachery Newson, was a mid-level supplier to numerous heroin users in the Boise area.  On Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7th, an agent with the Boise Police Department was used to purchase heroin from Newson.  Following delivery, Newson was arrested for Trafficking in Heroin. The arrest occurred in the area of Overland and Latah. 
   Bandit detectives seized approximately 1/2 ounce (15 grams)  of heroin and $2500.00 in cash from Newson. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated. 
 
Trafficking Heroin:  ISC 37-2732B (6)
 
2-7 grams;              mandatory minimum fixed term of 10 years and fined not less than $10,000
7-28 grams;            mandatory minimum fixed term of 15 years and fined not less than $15,000
28 grams or more;  mandatory minimum fixed term of 25 years and fined not less than $25,000
 
    The maximum number of years of imprisonment for Trafficking in Heroin is life and the maximum fine is $100,000
 
    About BANDIT: The BANDIT Task Force investigates gambling, prostitution and illegal drug use. The Task Force includes Detectives from the Boise Police Department, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency and the Idaho National Guard, working as part of a multi-jurisdictional task force called B.A.N.D.I.T. (Boise Area Narcotics and Drug Interdiction Task Force), commissioned to protect the community from illegal drug activity.
 
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   Boise, Oct. 8, 2009 - Officers with the Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit were contacted by employees of a major retaile store near Cole Rd & I-84 reporting what appeared to be a burglary in progress. After investigating, three people were arrested for trying to steal several Wii game systems.
 
   Arrested: Brodaus T. Lynch, 26, Boise
   Charge: Attempted Burglary (F)
 
   Arrested: Samantha Jene Robinson Lynch, 50, Boise
   Charge: Attempted Burglary (F)
 
   Arrested: Leigh A. Mumme, 27, Boise
   Charges: Attempted Burglary (F), Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs (m)
 
   Officers were told by witnesses at the store that the suspects were apparently trying to conceal several Wii game systems in an empty baby stroller. Witnesses said the suspects then appeared to get nervous, discarded the games in the store, and walked out one at a time. Officers observed the suspects Lynch and Mumme leave the area of foot and get picked up approx ½ mile away from the store by a car driven by the suspect Robinson-Lynch. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the three on attempted burglary charges. In a search following the arrests, suspect Mumme was found to illegally be in possession of prescription pills in an unmarked container.

   About the BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit: The Boise Police Organized Retail Crime Unit has developed a positive, productive working relationship with loss prevention agents from many local retail stores, large and small, local and national chains. The goal of the BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can impact consumer prices.

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Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
Boise Police Department
PIO, Boise Fire Dept.
(208) 570-6180
lhightower@cityofboise.org