Alleged drug dealer
nabbed in Hailey
Express Staff Writer
for a stolen shotgun led to the arrest of a Hailey man Friday on felony
charges of trafficking in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, after
police allegedly found substantial quantities of the drugs at his house in
Hailey and at his motherís house in Twin Falls.
Police officers wait outside the home of Robert E. Hall in Hailey on Friday afternoon before entering on a search
warrant. With them is drug search dog Gotcha. Officers had to wait until the search warrant was issued.
Express photo by Willy Cook
to the Blaine County Sheriffís Office, Robert E. Hall, 49, was arrested
after deputies stopped his car on Highway 75 south of Ketchum following a
search of his house at 220 Alder Street in Hailey. Also arrested, on
misdemeanor charges of frequenting a house where drugs are sold or used,
was Hallís wife, Wendy B. Hall, 31, and Rebecca A. Murray, 37.
that search, Idaho State Police officers searched the home of Hallís
mother and aunt in Twin Falls, where they allegedly found 61 pounds of
marijuana, almost 3 pounds of methamphetamine and half a pound of cocaine.
was basically a stash house for Mr. Hall," State Police Capt. Clark
said it appears that Hallís mother and aunt had no knowledge of what he
had stored there. He said he may refer the case to Adult Protective
Services, part of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Police Chief Brian McNary said the trail to Hall began with the arrest of
Hailey resident Jack James Costanzo, 33, for allegedly stealing four
shotguns from a house on Wolftone Drive on Oct. 23. While investigating
that theft, police determined that one of the shotguns was at Hallís
to Sheriff Walt Femling, about a dozen officers from his office and the
Hailey Police Department executed a search warrant for the shotgun at Hallís
home at 9:15 a.m. Friday. While doing so, they found an alleged 8 pounds
of marijuana, 11 ounces of methamphetamine and 6 ounces of cocaine.
we went in and searched the house and saw the drugs, we got an additional
warrant," Femling said.
additional officers from the Ketchum and Sun Valley police departments
helped in the expanded search for drugs, which was not concluded until
1:30 a.m. Saturday.
searchers also found three handguns and one long-barreled gun at the
being held Tuesday in Blaine County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.