Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On May 11, 2024, a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper was patrolling on Palmer Street when he observed a vehicle traveling eastbound. The trooper noted the vehicle did not have a front license plate and observed the driver did not have a seatbelt on. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as 45-year-old Bradley Stokes. 

The trooper informed Stokes of the reason for the stop. Stokes stated he did not have his seatbelt fastened and was not aware that was a violation. The trooper noted a few observations about Stokes, including that his hands were stained with dirt, he appeared to have poor oral hygiene, and was missing teeth. Additionally, the trooper observed a torch-style lighter inside one of the front cup holders. The trooper noted all of the above observations combined were indicative of drug use. 

Stokes denied drug use and stated he was allergic to cannabis. Stokes provided his Montana identification car and stated his driving privileges were suspended. The trooper noted Stokes had an extensive history, including seven prior convictions for driving with a suspended or revoked license since 2017. Stokes is also required to have SR-22 insurance, which he did not have. The trooper also noted several prior criminal convictions, including possession of dangerous drugs.  

Stokes consented to a search of the vehicle and the trooper found a red hollow wire heat shrink/wrap with a white powder substance inside. The trooper recognized the powdery substance to be consistent with methamphetamine. It was later field tested and indicated a presumptive positive for methamphetamine. 

Stokes was placed under arrest and was transported to the Missoula County Detention Facility. He is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to use a seatbelt, and driving with a suspended or revoked license.  

READ MORE: Missoula News – Crime Reports 

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

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