CONNORSVILLE — A traffic stop led to an arrest pending multiple drug and weapons charges on a Mill Creek man last week.
Johnston County Sheriff Jon Smith said Charles Edward Imotichey, 61, is in custody at the Johnston County Jail pending an initial appearance that should take place this week. Deputy Tracy McCuan pulled over Imotichey for a traffic violation at 9 p.m., Wednesday. It was determined during the course of the stop Imotichey was driving with a suspended license and was taken into custody on the complaint. McCuan proceeded to take an inventory of the 1983 Chevrolet pickup Imotichey was driving and discovered methampetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Undersheriff Johnny Russell was called to the scene to assist. A complete inventory of the vehicle netted numerous plastic bags with a substance, which was field-tested and proved to be methamphetamine. Cash, an undetermined amount of marijuana and paraphernalia was also discovered as well
as three throwing knives.
Upon notification of the arrest and the discovery and drugs and cash, Smith prepared a search warrant for Imotichey's residence and property. The Sheriff Department conducted the search with two members of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Wednesday night.
A small amount of methamphetamine was discovered as well as several firearms, assorted drug distribution equipment and paraphernalia. As a result, Smith filed additional charges on Imotichey.
Charges pending against Imotichey include:
• Driving under suspension
• Possession of marijuana
• Possession of drug paraphernalia
• Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
• Possession of a loaded firearm in commission of a felony
• Possession of a modified firearm (sawed off shotgun)
• Possession of a firearm while in possession of a CDS
• Possession of a firearm after a former felony possession
Smith said over 18 grams of methamphetamine and over $700 in cash was seized during the arrest and subsequent investigation. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be in excess of $2,000.