Montana officers confiscated 35 pounds of pot after a driver crashed his car, spilling marijuana out onto the road. (Denver Post file photo)

Marijuana mayhem! Man faces drug charge after pot spills in crash

Montana officers recover 35 pounds of marijuana from in and around the vehicle; driver charged with intent to distribute

MISSOULA, Mont. — A 61-year-old man is charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute after officers recovered 35 pounds of marijuana from in and around his vehicle after it crashed on an Interstate 90 exit near Frenchtown.

Steven Elmer Spanbauer was arrested early Friday and made an initial court appearance, where Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set his bail at $25,000.

Court records say Spanbauer told investigators that he was transporting the marijuana for a dealer and was to be paid $1,400. Court records say he also was transporting some commercial and homemade goods, such as cookies, that contained marijuana.

Officers recovered 70 half-pound packages of marijuana from the vehicle and the site of the rollover crash.