Michigan man arrested with 1,600 oxycodone pills in New Town

NEW TOWN, N.D. - A traffic stop in New Town last month led to the seizure of a trove of oxycodone pills valued at more than $115,000.

The MHA Public Safety Division of Drug Enforcement reports that a New Town police officer pulled over Jorge Pitts in the early morning hours on Jan. 25.

According to the report, the officer smelled marijuana coming from the car and deployed a K-9 officer before requesting help from tribal authorities.

A U.S. Homeland Security agent and tribal authorities obtained a federal search warrant and discovered more than 1,600 oxycodone pills in the vehicle, along with a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

Police arrested Pitts and impounded the vehicle. He remains in custody in Mountrail County on a $100,000 bond, according to the Mountrail County Jail.

According to the district court website, Pitts, a 27-year-old man from Southfield, Mich., faces a Class B felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a Class C felony charge of prohibited possession of a firearm.

Pitts made his initial court appearance Jan. 29 and will appear for his preliminary hearing and arraignment March 1.