June 5, 2013
Tustin, Calif., man arrested after allegedly bringing drugs to Idaho from Mexico.
BOISE — Ada County sheriff’s deputies seized 12 pounds of methamphetamine Monday after arranging a buy from a Southern California man, authorities said.
Joel Gonzalez Laureano, 26, of Tustin, Calif., was arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail after he allegedly tried to sell meth to undercover detectives at a home near South Cole and Overland roads, according to a written release.
Gonzalez was arraigned Tuesday in Ada County 4th District Court on one count of trafficking in methamphetamine. Magistrate Judge Daniel Steckel set bail at $1 million. Gonzalez remained in custody Wednesday afternoon.
An undercover officer agreed to pay Gonzalez $150,000 for the drugs, which police said were brought to the Treasure Valley from Mexico over the weekend.
“His connection to Idaho is unclear,” sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr said.
Six bags containing 12 pounds of meth were found inside a backpack contained inside Gonzalez’s car, police said.
The arrest came following a three-month investigation, Orr said. He would not say whether police expect any further arrests.
“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Orr said.
Officers with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Caldwell Police Department also assisted.
A preliminary hearing has been set for June 18.