KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was charged with speeding and possession of marijuana Sunday night in Riverside, Mo.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey told a local radio station he was aware of Bowe’s arrest but that he would have no further comment at this time. Bowe’s availability for Sunday’s pivotal game at Denver remains uncertain.
Bowe was suspended for four games in 2009 for use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Riverside police sent out a news release Tuesday morning providing more details of the arrest:
Shortly before midnight on November 10th a Riverside police officer was parked on West Platte Road and NW Business Park using radar to check for speed violations when a black, 2011 Audi A8 registered a speed of 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The police officer, in a marked police car, subsequently stopped the car on West Platte Road at Riverside Street.
While questioning the driver the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle. The officer then requested the driver and two passengers to get out of the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle the officer explained to the driver, who owned the vehicle, that he was a K-9 officer and that (his) dog would alert to an illegal substance. Subsequently, inside of a black bag the officer discovered the wallet of the driver and vehicle owner, Dwayne L. Bowe, and two containers that had 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams respectively of what is believed to be marijuana in them. Bowe was then placed under arrest for the possession of a controlled substance. The K-9 (was) alerted to a black backpack and inside of that was found a container that had 4.2 grams of what is believed to be marijuana in it.
One of the passengers, George A. Thompson, said the backpack belonged to him. Subsequent to his arrest for possession of a controlled substance, Thompson was searched and on his person two hand rolled cigarettes, containing what is believed to be 2.2 grams of marijuana were also found.
Bowe and Thompson were both transported to the Riverside Police Department for booking on the following municipal charges: Bowe for speeding and possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $750; Thompson for the possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $500. The third passenger in the car, who was not charged, posted bond for both men and they were released with a court date of December 18, 2013.
Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million contract in March, has 33 catches through nine games for 369 yards and two touchdowns.
The Chiefs, 9-0, play the 8-1 Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.
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