An attorney for Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe filed a motion Friday to suppress evidence related to Bowe’s arrest in November for allegedly speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana. Bowe was pulled over during a traffic stop on Nov. 10 in Riverside. The motion contends the search of his vehicle and person was conducted without a valid warrant, without probable cause and in an unreasonable manner. It also contends Bowe’s statements were obtained without police reading him Miranda rights. If a judge accepts the motion, the evidence in the case will be thrown out, though the speeding charge could still stand. Bowe, who has an April 16 court date, said during a radio interview in January that he believed he was profiled during the traffic stop. But on Friday, Bowe issued a statement to The Star through his attorney, Kevin E.J. Regan, clarifying what happened that night. “I don’t believe I was racially profiled,” Bowe said in the statement. “I believe I was pulled over for speeding. I have seen the police reports and videos given to my attorney in this case, and I want people to know I was treated with courtesy and respect by the police. I regret speeding in Riverside and have driven through Riverside many times since Nov. 10 without a problem.” According to the police, Bowe was pulled over for traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. While speaking to Bowe, an officer detected what he suspected was a strong marijuana odor coming from inside his car, police said. The motion contests there was an indication of consumed marijuana in the vehicle — “no roaches … no paraphernalia, lighters, matches or other forms of combustion.” The motion also says the marijuana that was eventually found in the vehicle “was sealed in air-tight capsules” in a closed bag, “therefore it would be physically impossible for a human nose to detect any odor of smoked marijuana emanating from the vehicle.” According to police, after Bowe and two passengers got out of the car before a police dog checked for illegal substances, Bowe said “they had smoked a little” marijuana while waiting at the airport. The motion also disputes this, saying the occupants of the vehicle repeatedly denied consuming marijuana. The police report states the officer’s audio system went down prior to the arrest, and the motion says most of the encounter between Bowe and the officer is inaudible.
Dwayne Bowe’s attorney files motion to suppress evidence in marijuana case
Kansas City Star | Apr 12