Montana Man Busted with 23 Pounds of Pot in Idaho

By Beacon Staff

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho State Police say a 29-year-old Montana man is charged with trafficking marijuana after being stopped in Idaho with 23 pounds of the drug with a street value estimated at $115,000.

ISP officials say Philip E. Grossi of Bozeman was pulled over for a traffic violation on Interstate 86 near American Falls shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday. The trooper found the marijuana and $1,000 in cash while searching Grossi’s sport utility vehicle.

Lt. Ismael Gonzales says Grossi told the officer he had been to California and was returning to Montana.

Grossi also is charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia and jailed in Power County. He was expected to make an initial court appearance Wednesday.