Posted: Aug 7, 2013 10:52 AM by Beth Saboe
Updated: Aug 7, 2013 10:52 AM
UPDATED AT 10:45 A.M. - Duard Charles Holcomb, 56, appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court Tuesday morning on the charge of felony criminal use and possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture. The judge set his bail at $100,000. His next court date is September 6, 2013.
BOZEMAN - A Minnesota man being investigated for federal drug crimes remains in the Gallatin County detention center after being arrested in Bozeman.
Duard Charles Holcomb,56, of Dilworth, MN, is charged with a felony count of criminal use and possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture. Authorities say he was using his vehicle to transport a large amount of cash, with the intention to use the money to buy illegal drugs.
According to court documents, on August 5, a Bozeman police officer responded to West Main Street and found Holcomb and his girlfriend arguing. The pair was traveling from Fargo, ND in a 2000 GMC Sonoma truck with Minnesota plates. Holcomb gave officers consent to search the pickup and law enforcement found $26,320 in cash hidden in several cases throughout the vehicle. A marijuana pipe and marijuana was also found.
Local detectives soon learned Holcomb was the target of a larger Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation. Federal agents say they suspect the Minnesota man was trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine to Fargo.
Witnesses in Bozeman told authorities that Holcomb planned to purchase one pound each of meth and marijuana and take the drugs back to Fargo. Holcomb also reportedly bought the truck he was traveling in a few days earlier, using a fake name and paying in cash.
Police say the suspect has a lengthy criminal history with multiple drug offenses, including a 2003 conviction for possession and intent to deliver heroin and meth. Most recently, Holcomb was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance in Bismarck, ND.