Drugs and several firearms found during traffic stop in Oxford

Danger on the road. Blue flasher on the police car at night.

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Danger on the road. Blue flasher on the police car at night.

OXFORD — An officer on patrol in Oxford saw a blue Ford truck with no license plate traveling north on North Locust Street fail to signal a left turn into the left turn lane at College Corner Pike. There was a left turn signal to make the turn onto College Corner Pike, but while on that road the vehicle moved into the median several times.

In the incident at at 11:39 p.m. April 29, the truck was pulled over and the driver identified as Charles Bowling, 55. While speaking with Bowling, the officer observed the passenger, later identified as Jenna Riley, 25, constantly moving around on the seat, according to the police report.

Bowling said he had been working all day and was moving to College Corner. He also said the truck had mechanical issues. He was asked if he had any guns, drugs or knives in the vehicle and said he did not, although looking down at the floorboard of the vehicle. He also denied having a gun on his person, but then said there was one in the back of the truck. He was again asked if there was anything in the vehicle and he said no, while looking at the floorboard again.

He was asked for permission to search the vehicle and said he did not think there was a reason to do so, while looking at the floorboard.

The K-9 officer was called to the scene to have the dog do a free-air sniff. Bowling and Riley were asked to exit the truck and take his dog out with them. The police K-9 then performed the free-air sniff around the truck and had a positive alert for narcotics.

Dispatch confirmed Riley had a warrant through Butler County for a probation violation and another warrant through Warren County. She was placed into handcuffs and a purple pill cutter containing a half of a white pill found in a pocket and a small baggie with a white, powdery substance found in a red heart necklace. She was also found to be in possession of a red straw with white residue.

She was placed in the prisoner compartment of the police vehicle.

A search of the truck allegedly produced a white and pink bong with drug residue and burn marks. Also found was a purse with several narcotic-related items including hypodermic syringes, baggies with white powdery substance and a crystalized substance and loose pills.

The search turned up several firearms, including a long rifle, shotgun, Glock 9mm with extended magazine and hollow point rounds.

The Glock had been reported stolen out of Butler County Feb. 1 and was found to contain a loaded magazine with a round in the chamber. Bowling later said he had bought the gun from someone who told him it was not stolen.

The search of the vehicle also produced a series of drug-related items in a case on the back seat of the truck including baggies with varying amounts of crystalized substance, marijuana as well as pills. There was also a scale with drug residue on it.

Still more pills and drugs were found in a backpack and a black bag was found to contain various ammunition.

Bowling was placed in handcuffs and charged with receiving stolen property involving the Glock and he was found to have $1,426 in his wallet.

Riley agreed to be questioned and she described things in the truck belonging to her, including the purse and black backpack.

Both were taken to the police department to be processed. He was read his rights and agreed to speak to the officer, during which he admitted using narcotics maybe twice a week and purchasing them in large quantities so he does not need to go back as often.

Both Bowling and Riley were taken to the Butler County Jail. In addition to the receiving stolen property charge, he was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and cited for turn signal violation and the missing license plate light.

The truck was towed to the impound lot and his dog and cat placed in the animal shelter. Further charges are pending laboratory results.