Blaine Police Find 38 Grams of Meth in Pickup Truck

Created: 12/11/2012 12:57 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A North Metro man is facing charges after police say they found 38 grams of meth, a firearm, prescription drugs, and marijuana in his truck.

A Blaine officer was driving near Blainebrook Bowl around 2:13 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, when he saw four people inside a single-cab pickup truck.

The officer stopped the truck and identified the driver as 28-year-old Derrick Russell Hoff of Cedar, who had a revoked license, police say. The truck also had expired tabs, so police decided to impound it.

Before impounding the truck , officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded .22 caliber Taurus handgun, .22 caliber bullets, an ammunition can with 116 grams of marijuana, 14 10-milligram pills of Oxycotin, five pills of amphetamine, 38 grams of meth, 71.22 grams of meth filler, and drug paraphernalia.

Police arrested Hoff and brought him to jail. Later, they went back to the squad car and found Hoff’s cell phone and a holster for a handgun. Squad video shows Hoff removing what they believe is the holster from his waistline and pushing it into the front passenger area.

Hoff was previously convicted of terroristic threats so he’s not allowed to possess firearms. He has also previously been convicted of a fourth-degree controlled substance crime.

Hoff has been charged with two first-degree controlled substance crimes, two fifth-degree controlled substance crimes, and unlawfully possessing a firearm. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and $1 million in fines on each first-degree drug charge; up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines on each fifth-degree drug charge; and up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines on the firearm possession charge.