A Boise Police patrol officer spots a car rolling through a stop sign at the intersection of Phillippi Street and Phillippi Court shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. When the officer approaches the vehicle, there's a baggie of marijuana in plain sight on the car's front console.
Needless to say, a search of the vehicle ensues. And an additional two grams of methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia, allegedly turn up.
To add insult to injury, the 18-year-old driver also flunks his sobriety test. And so he gets a misdemeanor DUI charge added to the counts of felony possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of pot and paraphernalia already crowding his rap sheet.
In our second incident, cops spy a car speeding through a construction zone in the Overland Road and Wright Street area shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 11. The obligatory traffic stop follows. A 34-year-old Boise man is at the wheel. Riding shotgun is a 32-year-old Boise woman.
A BPD drug detection dog sniffs out something suspicious during the stop. A search of the vehicle and the suspects' clothing turns up a number of baggies, all allegedly containing a crystal-like substance. Tests come back positive for meth, according to BPD reports.
All in all, cops allegedly found more than 49 grams of the illegal controlled substance. And since the Idaho Legislature insists that anyone caught with 28 grams or more of the drug be charged with felony trafficking, that's just what happened to the pair.
Note to the druggies: If you're trying to avoid detection while breaking the law, don't violate traffic rules with a cop sitting on your ass.