Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

With the help of a police K9, officers find meth, marijuana during traffic stop; daily incident report

01-04-11 With the help of a police K9, officers find meth, marijuana during traffic stop; daily incident report

Arrested: Charla A. Smetana, 27, Boise
Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance - meth (F), Possession of marijuana (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Arrested: Nina M. Lucas, 30, Boise
Charges: Agents Warrant - Probation Violation (F), carrying a concealed weapon without a license

    A Boise Police officer on patrol near the intersection of Orchard and Edson Streets last night just before midnight saw a vehicle driving with expired registration. During the traffic stop, a police service dog alerted on the vehicle, then onto a purse and a backpack inside the car. A further search revealed the driver, Smetana in possession of drug paraphernalia with white powdery residue found inside the backpack and a small plastic container with approx. 0.5 ounces of a white crystal substance officers had evidence was methamphetamine was found on the suspect. Smetana was also found in possession of approx 4.7 grams of a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana.  The passenger in the car, Lucas, on parole for previous criminal convictions, was found to be in possession of two concealed knives. Both suspects were arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Patricia A. Hoskins, 54, Meridian
Charges: Burglary (F), Petit theft (m)

    Boise Police were called by employees of a retail store in the area of Milwaukee and Franklin Monday afternoon shortly before 2:00 p.m. Store employees told officers they witnessed the suspect, Hoskins, conceal merchandise and leave the store without paying. Once officers arrived, further investigation revealed the suspect had committed previous thefts the same day from the same retailer. The suspect was arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail.

    The Boise Police Department's 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 unit and it's cooperation with the Boise business community is to work with retailers to reduce theft and fraud, crimes that can have a significant impact on consumer prices