Florida man arrested with 78 pounds of meth on I-90

Friday, February 14, 2020
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A Florida man allegedly caught with 78 pounds of methamphetamine in a traffic stop on I-90 in Stillwater County on Tuesday has been charged federally.

It is believed to the largest meth seizure ever made in Montana on a traffic stop.

Nicholas James Imhoff, 29, made an initial appearance in federal district court Thursday, Feb. 13. Imhoff will appear again on Feb. 18, once he retains an attorney, according to a minute entry from the proceeding on PACER.

The traffic stop was initiated by a MHP criminal interdiction trooper on Feb. 11 at 10:26 a.m. at mile marker 392 on I-90, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Robert Grayson.

Imhoff was driving a minivan 86 mph in an 80 mph zone. 

The van had been rented for five days from Las Vegas, Nev. Imhoff told the trooper he was travelling to work in North Dakota.

The trooper noted that there was a small suitcase in the van, as well as food wrappers, a carton of cigarettes and bottles of water on the floor. When asked if he had any oilfield clothing, Imhoff told the trooper that his work clothing was at his house in North Dakota, according the court document.

The trooper asked Imhoff to come back to his patrol vehicle and saw that Imhoff was shaking and growing increasingly nervous.

When asked, Imhoff was unable to provide the address of the house he stayed at in North Dakota and also could not remember the zip code.

Imhoff denied the trooper’s request for permission to search the vehicle. A MHP K9 was brought in and indicated a positive alert for the presence of illegal drugs in the van, according to court documents.

At that point, the trooper seized the vehicle and had it towed to an impound lot in Columbus. A search warrant was obtained and found in the van was approximately 78 pound of methamphetamine located in the second seat area in the under-floor storage compartments.

The meth was contained in vacuum-sealed plastic bags and wrapped in duct tape. The meth was then transported to the DEA office in Billings and given to Agent Grayson. Imhoff was taken to the DEA office in Billings, where he requested an attorney.