Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Search warrant at storage unit leads to heroin trafficking arrest

Arrested:  Vanessa L. Whalen, 26, Meridian

Charged:  Drug Trafficking in Heroin (F), Possession of a Controlled Substance (F)  

After receiving citizen tips and following a lengthy investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics, Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers and members of the Boise Area Narcotics Interdiction Team (BANDIT) carried out a search warrant on a storage unit on the 400 block of Maple Grove Road on Tuesday afternoon. 

Inside the storage unit officers located a safe which contained a zippered makeup bag.  A search of the bag revealed a plastic baggie containing over 15 grams of suspected heroin.  Officers also located another baggie inside the safe containing a small amount of white substance which tested presumptive positive as meth.  Evidence found inside the storage unit and further investigation indicated that the property inside the unit belonged to 26-year-old Vanessa Whalen.  Officers took Whalen into custody following a traffic stop and booked her into the Ada County Jail on two felony charges.  The investigation remains ongoing and further charges may be pending.