Tribal Police Push Back Against Criticism for Idaho Pot Bust


Officials with the Nez Perce Tribal Police Department are pushing back against social media criticism for a weekend marijuana bust.

Big Country News Connection reported that a 63-year-old woman was arrested Nov. 1 when Nez Perce Tribal Police pulled her car over during a traffic stop on U.S. 95 in Lapwai. A K-9 alerted police to the presence of drugs and police say they seized seven pounds of pot, with a street value of $17,250. Bonita Watters, 63, was taken into custody and charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance and drug promotion.

But when online commenters criticized authorities for the bust, writing, "Wish u would concentrate on the meth and heroin issues,"  and "The concentration needs to be on meth, not pot," the department fired back with its own post:

"The Police Department is working on all drug issues in our community including meth, heroin and other drugs. Pot is illegal in Idaho and by Tribal/Federal Law. There is no way 7 pounds is going to be ignored by our or any agency."