Curtis F. Benavidez and Marta Turner are being held in the Ada County Jail on felony charges of trafficking in a controlled substance after Boise police say they found about 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine in their car Thursday morning.
Hours later, Boise police charged Christopher D. Zendejaz with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver after officers found five bags containing small amounts of meth in his car, which they pulled over on Emerald Road because a wheel on Zendejazs car was so wobbly it looked like it was going to fall off, according to reports.
Police were sent to a parking lot in the 7900 block of West Overland Road around 9:30 a.m. Friday after getting a call about possible suspicious activity in a car parked there. When police arrived they found smoke coming from the car and the 29-year-old Benavidez getting out. Police told him to sit down and then asked the 27-year-old Turner to get out. When she did, police say Benavidez grabbed the car door and locked the car, so police could not get inside, according to reports.
One of the car windows was still partially open so police were able to get inside anyway. A K-9 dog called over detected the presence of drugs inside. Thats when police found about 1.5 ounces of meth, glass pipes, a syringe, and cotton balls inside the car, along with a small amount of marijuana. Officers also developed undisclosed evidence that the meth was for sale, which led to the trafficking charges, according to reports.
Police pulled over the 26-year-old Zendejaz around 7 p.m. Thursday after the officer saw the wobbly tire.
Police said a passenger in the car, 44-year-old Mollie Thayer, had three active warrants for failure to appear. It was when police were investigating that when a K-9 dog smelled drugs in the car, according to reports. Police developed undisclosed evidence that Zendejaz intended to sell the meth, so he was then arrested and booked into the jail.
Jail records show Zendejaz is from Boise, Benavidez is from Anaheim, Calif., and Turner is from Idaho Falls.
All three will make their initial court appearances Friday afternoon. The crimes of meth trafficking and meth delivery are punishable by up to life in prison.