06-15-10 Officers find 120 Marijuana Plants in Home's
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.