Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sale of Prescription Medications leads to Multiple Felony charges

  Arrested: Melinda M. Campbell, 30, Boisepillbottle2.jpg

  Charges:  4 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (prescription medications)(F)

    The arrest stems from an ongoing investigation by Boise Police Narcotics Detectives and members of the BANDIT task force over the last two months into the sale of prescription medications in Boise. In this case, evidence indicates the suspect was obtaining Adderall and Hydrocodone medications, then selling them to individuals illegally.

 "We are aggressively investigating this type of criminal activity in our community. The sale of illegal prescription medications to individuals has become a real problem. It will take the assistance of various agencies, and the public, to help combat this crime", says Boise Police Narcotics Sergeant Mike Harrington. "People need to be aware that transferring and selling prescription narcotics is a crime and officers are seeing prescription drug abuse more and more on our streets."

 Prescription drugs are considered "controlled substances." The federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act makes it clear that the only legal way to access prescription drugs is to have a doctor's prescription. 

Prescription Drug Facts;

  • Non-medical use of narcotic pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives ranks second (behind marijuana) as a category of illicit drug abuse among adults and youth;
  • In 2002, 6.2 million Americans were current abusers of prescription drugs; 13.7 percent of youth between the ages of 12 and 17 have abused prescription drugs at least once in their lifetimes; and
  • Emergency room visits resulting from narcotic pain relievers abuse have increased 163 percent since 1995.

Learn more about Adults and Prescription drug abuse

Learn more about Teens and Prescription drug abuse

     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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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information