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Hanover man charged with possession offenses in Westminster

Hanover man charged with possession offenses in Westminster
Scott Bowers

A Hanover man was arrested Monday after a traffic stop in which he was found to be allegedly carrying marijuana distribution materials and a handgun.

Scott Albert Bowers, 32, was charged with six counts, including possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in commission of a drug trafficking crime. He was also cited for traffic offenses. He was released on $5,000 bail, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of charges, Maryland State Police responded to a possibly disabled vehicle on Sullivan Road in Westminster on May 30. One sergeant observed the vehicle cross the double yellow line before stopping in the roadway. It then proceeded to a nearby parking lot.

Troopers spoke to the driver, identified later as Bowers, who responded with what seemed like confusion. He stated that he had not taken any drugs, but responded “those aren’t my drugs,” when asked if there were any present in the vehicle, according to the statement.

The man’s license was found to be suspended and revoked. He complied with a field sobriety test, and did not show signs of impairment. He told troopers that he felt that his blood sugar was low, according to the statement.

Troopers called for medical services as well as a K-9 to scan the vehicle. The K-9 alerted positively, and police recovered more than $2,500 in cash, a backpack containing about 26 grams of marijuana and a scale, plastic baggies, and larger plastic bags that seemed to have previously contained marijuana. The search also found an unloaded 9 mm handgun and magazines, according to the statement.

Bowers was transported to Carroll Hospital for treatment, according to the statement. The reason was not stated in court documents.

An arrest warrant was issued June 21.

“It’s a misunderstanding. It had nothing to do with me,” Bowers said when reached for comment. He said he did not wish to comment further before the case had been heard in court.

No scheduling information was listed as of close of courts Tuesday.

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