A pair of Boise brothers who sold pot to undercover detectives twice since December are charged with trafficking in marijuana.
John E. Orelus, 19 and Alfred Orelus, 26, are also charged with two felony counts of delivery of marijuana. Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the pair Thursday right after the brothers arranged to sell a pound of pot to officers.
Deputies found 783 grams (about 1 ½ pounds) of marijuana in the brother’s home in the 1100 block of Curtis Road after serving a search warrant there Thursday morning.
A roommate, 25-year-old Jordan A. Esters, is charged with felony possession of marijuana. All three men are currently being held in the Ada County Jail.
Detectives began their investigation late last fall after getting a tip the Orelus brothers were selling marijuana out of their home.
Detectives bought one ounce and later a quarter-pound of marijuana from the brothers prior to Thursday’s arrest.
All three men are set to make their initial court appearances Friday afternoon.
The crimes of delivery of marijuana and trafficking marijuana are punishable by up to five and 15 years in prison.
Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 19-year-old Boise man late Monday night after finding almost 6 ounces of marijuana in his car — hidden in a “Cat In The Hat” lunchbox.
Bronson T. Hobbing is charged with a felony count possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Hobbing is set for preliminary hearing Dec. 23 and is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
A deputy pulled Hobbing’s car over near the Overland/Maple Grove roads intersection around 9:20 p.m. Monday for a burnt-out headlight. The car’s registration was also expired.
It was during that stop when the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. A short time later an ACSO K-9 dog detected the odor of marijuana coming form the trunk.
That’s where the deputies found a lunchbox containing six bags of marijuana inside.
A 32-year-old Caldwell man is charged with four felony counts of methamphetamine trafficking for selling the drug to undercover officers four times since June.
The most current deal occurred on Aug.7, when Sergio Marquez-Castillo sold an undercover officer a half-pound of meth (223 grams) for $5,000.
The deal was Marquez-Castillo’s fourth since June 23. In each deal, the amount he sold to officers increased — from one ounce, to two ounces, to four ounces, to a ½ pound (eight ounces).
Ada County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Marquez-Castillo Tuesday afternoon and booked him into the Ada County Jail.
Marquez-Castillo will make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
The crime of meth trafficking is punishable by up to life in prison — with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for anyone convicted of trying to sell between 200 to 400 grams of the drug.
A 23-year-old Nampa man who led ACSO deputies and Meridian Police on a vehicle chase before crashing his truck on Ustick Road early Wednesday morning is charged with a felony count of fleeing police.
Brady A. Hensley is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the chase.
Officers also had to chase Hensley on foot for a short distance after he crashed the truck at the corner of Ustick and Curtis roads shortly after midnight Tuesday.
The incident began around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday when a Nampa Police officer following a truck that was speeding and swerving in-and-out of the driving lane on Amity Road asked for help.
As the truck entered Ada County, ACSO deputies and Meridian Police began following the truck. That ended when Hensley crashed his truck at the Curtis and Ustick intersection.
Deputies found several syringes and other items of drug paraphernalia in a backpack Hensley was wearing during the arrest.
They also found a handgun on the ground near where the crash occurred and are investigating if it is connected to the case.
Hensley’s truck was badly damaged in the crash.
Hensley, who is also charged with a felony parole violation, will make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.
Hensley was treated at a local hospital before he was booked into the jail late Wednesday morning.
Ada County Sheriff’s deputies seized almost a pound of methamphetamine and over $12,000 in cash during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 Wednesday.
Joshua Allen Thomas, 38, and William Scott Demint, 43, are being held in the Ada County Jail on felony trafficking of methamphetamine charges.
A deputy pulled over Demint’s Ford F-150 on westbound I-84 just after 6 p.m. Wednesday for speeding. The truck was going as fast as 70 mph in a 55 mph construction zone.
It was during the speeding investigation that ACSO K-9 Nina detected the presence of drugs in the bed of the truck.
Deputies found 441 grams of meth, a digital scale, packaging materials, 12 grams of marijuana, and $12,794 inside a first aid kit. Deputies later found a 9mm handgun in the glove box of the truck.
Thomas and Demint will make their initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.
The crime of trafficking over 400 grams of methamphetamine is punishable by up to life in prison, with a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.