Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On June 11, 2023, a Missoula County Sherriff’s Office sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with a non-operating taillight. The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Jordon Monroe, eventually stopped his vehicle but he did not put it in park. The sergeant recognized this as a sign someone is about to flee from law enforcement.  

The sergeant opened his door from his patrol car and told Monroe to put his car into park. Monroe asked the sergeant why he was stopping him and was slightly confrontational. The sergeant informed Monroe that he needed to put his car into park and that the sergeant would speak to him about the reason for the stop. The sergeant then told Monroe to put his hands on the steering wheel. The sergeant approached Monroe and began speaking to him. 

The sergeant noticed that Monrow was nervous, was visibly shaking, and did not like that he was pulled over. Monroe even argued his taillight was working when it clearly was not. The sergeant also observed that Monroe kept his body and arm as close to the door as he could as if he was trying to hide something.  

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Sergeant Discovers Suspected Fentanyl

While Monroe was getting the documents from the glove box, the sergeant looked down into Monroe’s car and observed a plastic baggy. The baggy contained several round pills. The sergeant suspected at the time they were fentanyl pills. After Monroe provided his Montana ID card, dispatch advised that Monroe did not have a valid driver’s license and that he also had warrants for his arrest. Monroe also stated he was on probation.  

The sergeant notified Monroe that he was under arrest pursuant to the active warrants. The sergeant grabbed Monroe’s left arm and a corporal grabbed his right arm. Monroe actively tried pulling away from both ranking deputies. They were forced to pin Monroe against the back of his car and order him to stop resisting. Monroe was placed under arrest and transported to the Missoula County Detention Center. 

A Detective Takes Over the Investigation

On June 12, 2023, a detective executed a search warrant on Monroe’s car. Located on the floorboard between the front driver seat and the driver door was a clear snack-sized baggie containing small round blue pills marked with M30. According to court documents, the total weight of the pills and packaging was 59.9 grams.  

The detective then responded to the Missoula County Detention Facility along with DEA special agent and they met with Monroe. Monroe waived his Miranda Rights and agreed to speak with investigators. Monroe admitted the pills in his vehicle were “blues,” a common reference to Fentanyl pills. Monroe stated he purchased 500 pills approximately two weeks ago and was using 30 pills per day. 

Monroe is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and resisting arrest. On June 13, 2023, Monroe made his initial appearance in Missoula Justice Court and his bond was set at $20,000. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.

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