Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Officers find 120 Marijuana Plants in Home's Basement

06-15-10 Officers find 120 Marijuana Plants in Home's Basement
  Boise, June 15, 2010 - Boise Police have arrested the resident of a Boise bench home after finding approx 120 marijuana plants growing in his basement.
 
   Arrested:  Todd E. Prater, 40, Boise (resident of the home)
   Charged:  Manufacturing (Trafficking) Marijuana, ISC 37-2732B (1)C  (100 plants or more).  This carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and not less than a $15,000 fine if convicted. 
 
   Two other men who were at the home when police arrived were cited for Frequenting a Place where drugs are used or sold, a misdemeanor. Both were released. 
 
   What Happened: Detectives with the Boise Police BANDIT Narcotics Unit have been conducting an ongoing investigation into marijuana sales. As part of the ongoing investigation, officers served a search warrant on the home at 1717 S. Atlantic St. at approx 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15th.  
 
   Officers found what's being called a "fairly sophisticated" marijuana grow operation taking up most of the three rooms in the basement of the home. The operation was equipped with planter boxes, grow lights and humidity sensors.
 
   Officers found the approx 120 marijuana plants found in the home in various stages of growth, including several large plants nearly ready for harvesting.
 

   Investigators say it appears the grow operation has been in place in the home for some time.