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Two Boise men arrested in ATF, Boise Police raid

Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 19:31:38-05

Two multi-convicted felons were arrested on federal charges early Wednesday by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and officers from the Boise Police Department.

Federal search warrants were served simultaneously at two separate homes located in Boise, one near Five Mile Road and Hollandale Drive in west Boise.

An On Your Side news crew was there when the arrest was made.

The location of the second arrest was not disclosed.

Blue Densmore and Avery Erickson, both multi-convicted felons from Boise, were arrested on firearms- and drug-related charges. 

ATF and BPD launched a joint investigation resulting in the purchase of five firearms including a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, and more than 300 gram of methamphetamine during various undercover operations, according to a Boise Police Department news release.

Densmore was selling the guns and drugs, while Erickson was identified as his source, the release said. Both defendants have ties to a gang currently under investigation by the ATF and Boise Police Department.

“ATF’s firearms trafficking strategy is to prevent violent crime by taking firearms traffickers off our streets. The trafficking of firearms by multi-convicted felons to violent criminals, gangs and drug trafficking organizations presents a grave threat to public safety and will not be tolerated by ATF,” said Seattle Field Division Special Agent in Charge Doug Dawson.

“This investigation was the result of interagency cooperation between the ATF, BANDIT, and the Boise Police Gang Unit,” said Boise Police Sgt. Matt Bryngelson.

During Wednesday’s joint operations, ATF agents said they seized about four pounds of methamphetamine, six ounces of heroin, two rifles, and other controlled substances.