Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, February 04, 2011

Officer stops car for no lights, uncovers illegal prescription drug possession

02-04-11 Officer stops car for no lights, uncovers illegal prescription drug possession

    Arrested:Megan R. Shields, 19, Meridian
    Charges: Possession of a schedule II drug without a prescription - dilaudid (F),  Possession of a schedule IV drug without a prescription - valuim (m) Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Driving without privileges (m), FTA Warrant (m)

    A Boise Police Officer working an unrelated traffic crash last night just before 10:00 p.m. saw a car driving through a parking lot toward him without it's headlights on. As the officer called to the driver to turn the light on, he recognized the driver from previous contacts and knew the driver, Shields had a suspected license. The officer made a stop on the vehicle at 18th & Resseguie Streets. A records check confirmed the driver's suspended status, as well as a $4,000 outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on a prior charge of driving without privileges. The suspect, Shields, was then placed under arrest.

    A Boise Police Service Dog, Rex alerted on the suspect vehicle, a Hundai Elantra, toward the driver's door and the front passenger seat. A search of the car uncovered a syringe with liquid inside, a spoon with a white powdery substance on it, and three white pills in a plastic baggie. The white powdery substance tested positive for meth. Officers were also able to obtain evidence the liquid in the syringe was valium, a prescription only  schedule IV drug, and the pills were dilaudid, also a prescription painkiller and a controlled schedule II drug.

    To learn more about the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, click on this information from the White House Office of Drug Policy:

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/prescr_drg_abuse.html

Idaho State Code reference schedule II controlled substance dilaudid: 37-2732. PROHIBITED ACTS A -- PENALTIES. (a) Except as authorized by this chapter, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture or deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled substance. (A)  A controlled substance classified in schedule I which is a narcotic drug or a controlled substance classified in schedule II, except as provided for in section 37-2732B(a)(3), Idaho Code, is guilty of a felony and upon conviction may be imprisoned for a term of years not to exceed life imprisonment, or fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), or both

Idaho State Code reference schedule IV controlled substance valium: 37-2732D)  A substance classified in schedules V and VI, is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction may be imprisoned for not more than one (1) year, fined not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.