Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On April 4, 2023, a Missoula Police Department officer stopped a vehicle making a prohibited left-hand turn at the intersection of S. 2nd St. W and Russell Street. The intersection was marked as no left turn. The driver had an ID card identifying him as 67-year-old Gerald Frey. According to court documents, his license was suspended and he did not have insurance on the vehicle.  

The officer confirmed that a municipal court judge was available to see Frey on the charges if he was arrested. Frey at first refused to exit his vehicle, but eventually complied and he was placed under arrest for driving while suspended. During a search incident to arrest, officers found a glass pipe commonly used to ingest methamphetamine, a tooter straw, and a clear bag with a blue pill in it consistent with fentanyl on Frey’s person. 

Court documents indicate Frey was Mirandized and said he was a long-time meth user. He also said he had been off parole for a year on a felony driving under the influence and drug charge. Frey said he knew the pill was “one of those blues” and that it was in his pocket, but said it was not his.

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Officers obtained a search warrant for Frey’s vehicle. Officers found two small baggies within a box of cigarettes under the driver’s seat with white crystalline substance in them consistent with methamphetamine. In a cup holder in the center console were two more suspected fentanyl pills. 

Frey is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, driving with a suspended license, and operating without liability insurance. 

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

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