Saturday, May 21, 2011

US 93 South Drug Emphasis Patrol

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE - generated by our News Release ListServer

Region 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: 05/21/2011 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Lt. Kevin Haight

The Mission of the Idaho State Police is to provide public safety across the state of Idaho through law enforcement excellence. One of the goals and objectives highlighted in our strategic plan is "aggressive criminal investigation and apprehension."

On Friday, May 20th, region 4 Idaho State Police troopers, along with deputies from the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department and B.L.M. Law Enforcement Rangers, conducted a criminal interdiction emphasis on U.S. Highway 93 in southern Twin Falls County. This was done with the support of the Twin Falls County Prosecutor's Office. The emphasis lasted approximately 10 hours.

Traffic stops were conducted for numerous and varied violations, producing the following overall results:

58 Total Contacts
26 Canine Deployments
3 Felony Arrests for 3 Counts of Conspiracy to Traffic Marijuana & 3 Counts of Trafficking of Marijuana
2 Vehicle Impounds
2 Speeding Citations
9 Speeding Warnings
1 Seatbelt Citation
1 Fail To Purchase Drivers License Citation
1 Driving Without Privileges Citation
1 Motorist Assist
4 Consensual Searches
12 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Misdemeanor
10 Possession of Marijuana - Misdemeanor
9 Destruction of Evidence - Misdemeanor
1 Possession of Prescription Medication Not in Lawful Container - Misdemeanor
1 Seizure of $707.67 in cash

All defendants are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and the Twin Falls County Prosecutor's Office has final jurisdiction on the filing and prosecution of the various charges submitted.

"The success of this emphasis is due to the hard work and dedication of Troopers, Deputies, and Rangers, and sends a strong message of each of our agencies commitment to maintaining as safe and law-abiding communities as possible, through continued communication, cooperation, and collaboration," says Lt. Kevin Haight of the Idaho State Police.