Three arrested in local drug bust
BLACKFOOT — Three people were arrested on drug trafficking charges Monday after an investigation by the Bingham County Sheriff's Office and Bear River Drug Task Force revealed the trio was in possession of 2.7 pounds of marijuana.
The Bingham County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip Nov. 12 that indicated drugs were to be transported to the Blackfoot area in a U-Haul truck from California. The U-Haul truck was located Sunday behind a residence west of Blackfoot at 1274 Hoff Road.
A search warrant on the residence was issued Monday night, and two female suspects in the residence were taken into custody. The search revealed 2.7 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, valued at $15,000, and drug paraphernalia, the Bingham County Sheriff's Office said. Later Monday night two male suspects were arrested at Sage Hill Truck Stop. One of the female suspects was released without charges.
Barbra Dill, 53, and Steven W. Lewis, 55, both of Blackfoot, have been charged with felony drug trafficking. Matthew S. Holm, 40, who is listed as homeless, was charged with principal to felony drug trafficking. All three subjects were arraigned Tuesday.
"This was an anonymous tip that we received. In 72 hours we have these individuals in jail," Sheriff Dave Johnson said. "I hope that sends a message that in Bingham County we're not going to fool around with this kind of stuff. We don't want this on our streets."
The Bear River Drug Task Force, including agencies from Bingham, Bannock, Power and Franklin counties and the Shelley and Blackfoot Police Departments assisted with the investigation.