Florida man pleads guilty to trafficking 78 pounds of meth

Nichols James Imhoff faces mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison

Police siren (Generic photo)
Police siren (Generic photo)

BILLINGS, Mont. – A Florida man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal drug trafficking charge filed after he was stopped for speeding in south-central Montana and a state trooper found 78 pounds of methamphetamine in his rented minivan, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Montana said.

Nichols James Imhoff, 30, of Cape Coral, Florida, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute meth. A sentencing date has not been set.

Imhoff was arrested in February after he was stopped by a Montana Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 90 near Columbus. The trooper’s K-9 alerted to drugs in the vehicle and officers seized the equivalent of more than 280,000 doses of meth. Tests showed it was 98% pure, court records said.

The seizure was "by far the largest amount of meth we’ve seen in a single traffic stop,” John Barnes, a spokesperson for the Montana Department of Justice, said at the time.