by Ivan Foley
The good news is the team is undefeated and prepping for its biggest challenge of the season to date. The bad news? Much of the buzz concerning the Kansas City Chiefs this week surrounds an off-the-field incident that occurred in Platte County.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs’ standout wide receiver who signed a five year contract in March, was arrested and charged with speeding and possession of marijuana in Riverside late Sunday night.
The Landmark first reported Bowe’s arrest at 9:35 a.m.
Tuesday at Twitter.com/ivanfoley. The story quickly went national, as Riverside police issued a press release detailing the arrest.
Bowe, age 29, was stopped for driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, and when the police officer detected an aroma of marijuana, police say a search of the vehicle uncovered marijuana.
“Everybody gets treated the same. That’s the way we do business,” Chris Skinrood, major for the Riverside Police Department, told The Landmark Tuesday morning.
Records reviewed by The Landmark show that Bowe owns a home in Briarcliff, which is in Clay County but just a short distance outside of Riverside. Bowe purchased that home in June at a price of $1,050,000.
Bowe and one of his passengers, identified as George A. Thompson, were arrested on municipal charges. The Chiefs’ player was booked for speeding and possession of marijuana, with bond set at $750. Thompson was charged with possession of marijuana, with his bond at $500.
A third person in the car, whose name is redacted in the police report obtained by The Landmark, was not charged. The third person used a credit card to post bond for Bowe and Thompson. The vehicle was turned over to the third person at the scene, according to the police report.
Court date for Bowe is scheduled for Dec. 18.
The incident came during the Chiefs’ bye week. The team will travel to Denver this week for a nationally televised Sunday night matchup against the division rival Broncos.
Chiefs officials would only say Tuesday morning that they were aware of the arrest, but had no further comment. It was not immediately clear whether the arrest would impact Bowe’s availability for Sunday night’s game at Denver.
THE INCIDENT REPORT
Bowe asks: “Is Sonic open?”
In his report on the incident, the arresting Riverside officer says he was stationary on West Platte Road and NW business Park running radar at 11:39 p.m Sunday. He says he clocked Bowe’s 2011 Audi A8 for speeding at 13 mph over the posted limit.
The officer says he approached the vehicle on the passenger side. He asked the occupants where they were headed. The front seat passenger--who is the person not charged--stated they had just left the downtown airport.
Bowe then asked the officer if Sonic was open. When the officer asked to see Bowe’s driver’s license and proof of insurance, a black leather bag was passed from the back to Bowe and he retrieved his passport from the bag. Bowe said he did not have his driver’s license with him, and officer says Bowe also provided an expired insurance card.
“While speaking with the occupants, I detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” the officer says in his report, adding that he then requested a second officer to respond to the scene.
A computer check revealed an expired Florida driver’s license for Bowe, the officer says.
BOWE SAYS HIS BROTHER PROBABLY PLACED DRUGS IN BAG
The officer says he then approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and spoke with Bowe. “I explained to him that I was a canine officer and that I could detect marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle,” the officer writes in his report.
Bowe stated they “had smoked a little while waiting at the airport,” the report says. “Bowe picked up an ashtray can from the center cup holder, opened it and looked inside but nothing was inside the ashtray. I asked Bowe if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle and he stated no,” the report continues.
A hand search of the car by the officer ensued. The officer says he found a black leather bag and inside a zipper pocket on the inside of the bag was Bowe’s wallet and his Florida driver’s license. Next to his wallet, the officer says, were two black containers.
On the outside of one container was a label identifying it as medical cannabis from California, with the name Bubba Kush written on the label. The officer said he opened the container and inside found 6.5 grams of marijuana.
The second container had another label with the same “medical cannabis” marking with the name of Fire 0.6 written on the label. Inside that container, the officer says, he found 3.8 grams of marijuana.
According to the police report, Bowe then told the officer that his brother probably placed it in his bag.
Bowe was then placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance. He was placed in handcuffs in the front, “due to his cooperation.” Riverside police told The Landmark that Bowe fully cooperated during the incident.
Thompson told the officer “he wanted to take ownership of the marijuana,” according to the police report.
As the search continued, officers removed from the back seat a black leather backpack, a suitcase, and a duffel bag and placed them on the ground outside the car. The arresting officer then opened the back door of his patrol vehicle to release his canine, Nero.
The dog walked to the bags and made a positive identification to the presence of the odor of a narcotic, according to the report. Thompson said the backpack was his. Inside, police say they found a container with a label identifying it as medical cannabis from California with the name Apalo 11 written on it. Police say inside was 4.2 grams of marijuana. Thompson was then placed under arrest. During the arrest, police say they found two marijuana joints weighing 2.2 grams inside a package of Swisher Sweets in Thompson’s front pocket.
The incident report does not list an age for Thompson. It lists him as 5’5” and 175 pounds.
A search of the rest of the vehicle did not recover any other drugs, police say.
The arresting officer in his report says the traffic stop was audio and videotaped with his in-car video system. “It should be noted that my audio system went down prior to my search of the vehicle,” the report states.
ON THE FIELD
Despite signing the big contract in the off-season, Bowe has not made a huge impact on the field for the Chiefs thus far this year. He has only 33 catches for 369 yards through nine games. His current 11.2 yards per catch average would be the lowest of his career.
He had a career high of 86 catches in 2008 and had 81 catches in 2011.
Bowe has drawn praise for his downfield blocking this season, helping aid the Chiefs running game and aid other receivers in getting yards after the catch.
(For a Landmark opinion piece on the Bowe arrest, click here)