Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BANDIT Detectives make Marijuana Trafficking Arrest; Man Arrested after officers find him with Child Porn.

03-23-10 BANDIT Detectives make Marijuana Trafficking Arrest; Man Arrested after officers find him with Child Porn.

Boise, March 23, 2010 - A two-month undercover investigation by Boise Police narcotics detectives ended Monday with the arrest of a Boise man on four felony drug charges.

Arrested: Christopher L. Coulson, 24, Boise

Charges: Trafficking Marijuana (F), Delivery of Marijuana, 3 counts (F)

Detectives with the Boise Police Bandit narcotics task force received an anonymous tip from a citizen that the suspect, Coulson was actively dealing marijuana. For the past two months officers have been investigating the suspect. An undercover police officer was used to purchase marijuana on three separate occasions from the suspect. The most recent buy was early yesterday morning, Monday, March 22nd, when the suspect Coulson delivered approximately one pound (468 grams) of marijuana to the undercover police officer at the suspect's home in East Boise. Coulson was arrested following the marijuana delivery by officers from the Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Unit.

Trafficking Marijuana: One pound but less that five pounds: Mandatory fixed term of one year imprisonment and fined not less that $5000.00.

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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Arrested: David R. Hall, 46, Boise

Charge: Sexual Exploitation of a Child ISC 18-1507

Boise Police received information from a citizen that the suspect, Hall, possessed computer images of child pornography. Evidence of the images was found by officers during their investigation on Halls home and work computers. Boise Police detectives turned their reports over to the Ada County Prosecutors which resulted in the felony warrant. At this time, detectives have no evidence that any of the child abuse images found on the suspects computers were generated locally. Hall was arrested yesterday by Boise Police at a northwest Boise home.

Boise Police urge citizens who may have information about the sexual exploitation of children to report the crime through:

  • their local police department.
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).
    Citizens can contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or www.343COPS.com, or text Crimes OR 274637 subject tip236.

The ICAC Task Force is a statewide coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecution agencies, including officers with the Boise Police Department, focused on apprehending and prosecuting individuals who use the Internet to criminally exploit children. Internet crimes against children are, primarily, crimes of sexual exploitation of children. These crimes include distribution of child pornography and using the Internet to target children for sexual abuse.

Citizens can contact ICAC through the National Cyber Tipline at the link above or by calling, toll free 1-800-843-5678. The information provided will be forwarded to the appropriate ICAC law enforcement agencies in Idaho