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12 Pounds of Meth, Trafficked From Mexico, Seized in Boise Arrest

Boise Weekly, June 5, 2013

Ada County sheriff's deputies say they seized nearly 12 pounds of meth during an arrest early today in Boise. The drugs had a street value of nearly $150,000.

26-year-old Joel Gonzalez-Laureano is being held at the Ada County Jail on a $1 million bond for a felony charge of trafficking meth—punishable by up to life in prison.

Detectives said they spent three months working on the case before an undercover officer agreed to pay Gonzalez-Laureano $12,500 for each pound of meth, which the suspect allegedly brought into the Treasure Valley from Mexico. Gonzalez-Laureano was arrested in a home in the area of Cole and Overload roads this morning. Deputies found the drugs inside a backpack in the trunk of the suspect's car.

Gonzalez-Laureano is scheduled for a court hearing Tuesday, June 18.