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.