Riverside police arrested Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe late Sunday for allegedly speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana.
An officer spotted Bowe’s 2011 Audi A8 traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone shortly before midnight at West Platte Road and Northwest Business Park, police said. The officer stopped it at West Platte Road and Riverside Street.
While speaking to Bowe, the officer detected what he suspected was a strong marijuana odor coming from inside the Audi, police said. The officer had Bowe and two passengers get out of the vehicle before seeing if his K-9 would alert on anything in the vehicle during a check for illegal substances.
The officer arrested Bowe after finding a black bag holding Bowe’s wallet and two containers of what the officer suspected to be marijuana. One container had 6.6 grams of the substance in it and the second had 3.8 grams.
The police dog also alerted the officer to a black backpack. Inside, the officer found 4.2 grams of suspected marijuana. One of Bowe’s passengers, George A. Thompson, said the backpack belonged to him, police said. During a search of Thompson, police also found two-hand rolled cigarettes, containing 2.2 grams of suspected marijuana, police said.
Bowe and Thompson were taken to the Riverside Police Department. Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $750. Thompson was cited for possession. His bond was set at $500.
The car’s other passenger, who was not charged, posted bond for both men. They are scheduled to appear in municipal court Dec. 18, police said.
The arrest occurred on the Chiefs bye weekend. The team has a prime-time showdown this Sunday night against the division rival Bronocs in Denver.
In 2009, Bowe was suspended for four games for violating NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
A Chiefs spokesman said Tuesday: "We are aware of the situation but won't have any other comment at this time."
The chiefs said Bowe was unavailable for comment. The team practices Wednesday and players are scheduled to speak to reporters then.