Boise police have arrested seven people in connection with a major drug-trafficking operation, police announced Friday.
The suspects, all charged with felony meth trafficking, are Celilio Alba Ponce, 25, of Montello, Calif., Daniel A. Dominiguez, 21, of Norco, Calif., and five Boise residents: Randy L. Allen, 31; Trina R. Abramson, 33; Douglas R. Langley, 29; Devin Ponte, 27; and Robert Leavell, 47.
We believe this group is responsible for a good percentage of the methamphetamine coming into the Boise area, said Lt. P.D. Burch of the Boise Police Narcotics Unit. This drug creates addiction and crime and takes a huge toll on families and this community.
Investigators believe Ponce and Dominiguez drove the meth into Idaho, and the other suspects distributed the drug once it arrived here.
When officers arrested Ponce and Dominiguez Wednesday, they found about five pounds of methamphetamine in the mens vehicle. The other suspects were arrested over the past month.
Officers say during the course of the nine-month investigation, they became aware of up to 50 pounds of meth brought into Idaho connected to the suspects.
The investigation, led by the BPDs BANDIT Narcotics Unit, began with a lead developed during a separate investigation. Boise police were assisted by investigators with the Ada County Sheriffs Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Meridian and Nampa police departments.