Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, October 29, 2009

102909 Heroin Arrest

102909 Heroin Arrest

    Boise, Oct. 29, 2009 - Boise Police arrested a teenager for Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver after a previous investigation led to a warrant for the teens arrest.

    Arrest: Nicholas R. Hazard, 18, Boise

    Charge: Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver (F)

    Background: Earlier this month, Oct. 20th at approx 5:00 p.m., Boise Police made a traffic stop of a vehicle at Curtis and Emerald. Officers stopped the vehicle for a suspected noise ordinance violation.

    While officers spoke with the passenger in the car, Hazard, he gave officers consent to search him. During the search officers found Hazard in possession of several small packaged bundles that tested positive for heroin. The amount of heroin found was approx 1 gram. During the investigation, officers also found evidence the suspect Hazard was in possession of the heroin intending to sell it to other users.

    Officers forwarded the report to Ada County Prosecutors, who issued a warrant for Hazard's arrest. Hazard was located by Boise Police early this morning in a vehicle in the area of Curtis and Irving. He was arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

    Heroin use in the Boise area: Detectives with the Boise Police Narcotics Unit, known as BANDIT, say despite a decrease in the amount of heroin being seized (from 386 grams seized in 2007 to 138 grams seized in 2008, 97.34 grams ytd 09), heroin use has remained fairly consistent in the Boise area for a number of years.

    However, detectives say they are seeing a disturbing trend in heroin use.

    "In Boise, we're seeing more people in their teens and early 20's using heroin," said Sgt. Mike Harrington of the Boise Police BANDIT Narcotics Task Force. "That's troubling because heroin can very quickly destroy a young person life. It's a very dangerous drug for users, and like all illegal drugs, it's often connected to other crimes." 

    For more on heroin, what it looks like and signs of heroin use that parents and loved ones can look for, go to the DUI, Drug Education and Police resources page at http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Police/DUIDrugEducationAndPoliceResources/page5806.aspx