BOISE -- A Southern California man is in the Ada County Jail after sheriff's deputies say he tried to sell them nearly 12 pounds of meth for $150,000.
Joel Gonzalez-Laureano, 26, was arrested at a Boise-area home Monday afternoon on a felony charge of trafficking in methamphetamine. His bond has been set at $1 million.
Detectives have been working on the case for the past three months and set up a buy through an undercover officer who agreed to pay Gonzalez-Laureano $12,500 for each pound of meth he brought to Idaho from Mexico over the weekend.
Deputies arrested Gonzalez-Laureano at a home near Cole and Overland roads. They found six bags of meth inside a backpack in his car trunk. The total weight of the meth was 5,394 grams.
A preliminary hearing for Gonzalez-Laureano is scheduled for June 18.
Trafficking in methamphetamine is a crime punishable by up to life in prison, with a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.