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Seven arrested in Meridian drug investigation

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 14:30:10-05

Seven people have been arrested in a Meridian Police drug investigation.

Sgt. Jamie Leslie says officers from both the Meridian Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office served search warrants Wednesday at homes in two west Meridian neighborhoods. One warrant was served to residents living in the 1700 block of North Todd Way, the other was in the 2100 block of Sonoma Drive.

Arrested were:

--Michael Charters, 47, of Nampa. He faces misdemeanors of possessing a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, and giving false information to an officer.

--Dennis Carrell, Jr., 39, of Caldwell. He was arrested for possessing drugs without a prescription  (a felony) and two misdemeanors of possessing drugs with a prescription and possessing drug paraphernalia.

--Robert Rainford, 36, of Meridian. He faces two misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and  possessing a controlled substance.

--Tisha Onesto, 30. She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (a felony) and two misdemeanors of possessing drug paraphernalia and frequenting a place where drugs are used.

--Dustin Milbourn, 32, of Meridian. He faces charges of delivery/intent to sell a controlled substance (a felony), and two misdemeanors of possessing drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

--Jessica Anthony, 35, of Meridian. She faces one misdemeanor charge of frequenting a place where drugs are used

--A seventh suspect,  Shasta Maiers, 36, of Meridian, faces two counts of felony injury to a child, after police found two children in her house where drugs were reportedly found. Leslie said the children have been placed in the temporary care of  the Idaho Health and Welfare Department.

“We believe the occupants of these two homes knew each other,” Leslie said.

Undisclosed quantities of methamphetamines and marijuana were found at the two homes. Leslie said they also found several knives and a firearm.

The two-month investigation initially began when police received a number of tips. “We received lots of complaints of suspected drug activity at the two homes,” Leslie said.

Leslie stated additional charges could be filed against those arrested.

Police said the investigation is continuing.