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IDAHO FALLS — Law enforcement officials seized more than three pounds of methamphetamine and arrested three people on drug charges in two separate busts Tuesday. 54e4ffab692e1_image

The Idaho Falls-Bonneville County Joint Special Investigation Unit arrested Erica Caldera, 37, on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine after police discovered 1,360 grams of meth in her room at the Comfort Inn on South Colorado in Idaho Falls.

Idaho Falls police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said the arrest followed an investigation by the joint drug unit.

Caldera who is from Paris, Calif., was booked into the Bonneville County Jail just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Her arrest came just hours after county deputies arrested two Rigby men, accusing them both of drug trafficking after a routine traffic stop turned up several ounces of methamphetamine.

Sgt. Jeff Edwards with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s office, said Francisco Vega, 39, and Anastacio Pacheco-Luna, 55, both from Rigby, were taken into custody and more than 157 grams of methamphetamine were confiscated following a traffic stop on Highway 20 near Johns Hole Bridge.

Edwards said during the traffic stop, the deputy asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. The driver said no and gave consent to a search of the vehicle.


A city officer with a K9 detected the meth during the search about 10:40 a.m.

When the suspects were booked into the county jail, Pacheco-Luna also had a smaller bag of methamphetamine, about .86 grams, on his person.

Meth is a problem and it continues to be a problem in the county,” Edwards said.

The city of Idaho Falls reports one or two felony meth busts per week.

Edwards said while law enforcement statewide is seeing a resurgence of heroin-related arrests, meth is holding its top spot.

“It’s definitely something that we want to get off the street,” Edwards said.

Last year, Bonneville County seized 19 pounds of meth during a single arrest.









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