A long-term investigation into methamphetamine sales led to the arrest of four people after Ada County Sheriffs deputies seized over seven pounds of meth Wednesday night.
Michael Longhi, 25; Ausencio Tovar, 48; Samantha Jo Tackitt, 31, (all of Eagle); and Ashley Armstrong, 26, of Kuna are all charged with felony counts of methamphetamine trafficking. Sheriffs officials say other arrests are possible in connection with the case.
All four remain in the Ada County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing, which is set for April 18.
Deputies seized the meth during two traffic stops Wednesday night one near the Ten Mile Road/Cherry Lane intersection in Meridian, and one near the Linder Road/W. Escalante Drive in Eagle.
Deputies began their investigation into the group about six months ago after getting a tip they were selling drugs.
Deputies developed info the group was moving a large amount of meth Wednesday, which is why they did the traffic stops.
Deputies found about four pounds of meth in one car, and 3.5 pounds in the other, according to reports.
Deputies also found about $9,000 in cash inside the cars. The estimated street value of the meth is about $180,000, sheriffs officials said Friday.
Longhi and Tackitt are being held in jail on $100,000 bonds, while Armstrong has a $500,000 bond. Tovar is making his first court appearance Friday.
The crime of trafficking in methamphetamine is punishable by up to life in prison.