By Journal Staff
BLACKFOOT â€” Law enforcement officers on Monday searched three residences in the Blackfoot area and arrested multiple people in connection to drug-related crimes.
Blackfoot Police Department officials said the searches and arrests followed approximately nine months of ongoing drug investigations.
Several agencies assisted in the warrant service and arrests, including the Blackfoot, Shelley, Chubbuck and Pocatello police departments, the Bingham, Bannock, Caribou and Power county sheriffâ€™s offices, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bear River Task Force, according to a news release. The STAR team, composed of officers from many law enforcement agencies, was called in to secure the homes because of potentially high risks during the searches.
Officers served search warrants at residences on Doud Street, Taber Road and Lilac Street.
They arrested or cited three people at the Doud residence: David Alan Breshears, 49, Mary Angela Breshears, 50, and Isaac Joseph Breshears, 18.
Blackfoot police say David was arrested on four counts of delivery of meth, one count of possession of meth with the intent to deliver, and one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. Mary was also arrested for possession of meth with the intent to deliver and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. Isaac was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana and released.
Holly Leigh Roll, 42, was arrested in connection to the search at the residence on Taber. Blackfoot police say she was taken into custody on five counts of delivery of meth, one count of possession of meth, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police say they also served a search warrant at a residence on Lilac and they either arrested or cited and released multiple people in that area: Sasha Wynn, 23, four counts of delivery of meth and one count of possession of meth; Rick Dee Wynn, 58, three counts of delivery of meth, one count of possession of meth, and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm; Andy Metz, 37, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of frequenting a location where drugs are used; and Cameron P. Perkins, 42, James C. Thomas Jr., 25, and Joseph A. Butner, 40, all for frequenting a place where drugs are used.
In addition, Blackfoot police say Zachary Barrett, 40, was arrested on a warrant and is charged with three counts of delivery of meth.
Officers seized multiple guns and drug paraphernalia during the searches as well as some drugs. Blackfoot police said Tuesday that they are still processing the evidence and arenâ€™t yet able to release any additional details.
Late last month, five people were also arrested in the Pocatello area as part of a drug investigation there.
Bannock County, along with 15 other counties across the nation, was recently designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The designation is expected to help bring more resources to the county and surrounding areas to help combat drug crimes in the future.
Blackfoot Police Department officials said their drug investigations started in February and didnâ€™t utilize any HIDTA assistance. Still, they say drugs are a problem in the Blackfoot area, too, as evidenced by Mondayâ€™s arrests and searches.
The Associated Press recently reported that Idaho State Police forensic scientists are struggling to deal with a growing caseload of evidence waiting to be tested for heroin and other opioids. They recently added another analyst to the department to try and help with the backlog of drug testing.
But their caseload will continue growing.
Blackfoot police said they will be sending their evidence from Mondayâ€™s searches to the lab in the future.