Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday in court to amended charges of defective equipment and littering relating to his Nov. 10 arrest for marijuana possession in Riverside, Mo.
Amy Ashefford, the city prosecutor, talking to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, said that Bowe paid $610 in fines and that the case is now closed.
“Like others charged with speeding and possessing marijuana for the first time, Mr. Bowe pleaded guilty to amended charges…” Ashefford said. “Justice requires that similar cases be treated similarly. As a result, it’s important to me that Mr. Bowe be treated no differently, either with a harsher or lesser punishment than any other person in a similar situation, and that is what occurred tonight.”
Bowe was pulled over Nov. 10 for allegedly speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana. On Friday, his attorney filed a motion to suppress evidence related to the marijuana arrest. He cited the lack of a search warrant and probable cause for the police to search the car and said that the police asked Bowe several questions without reading Bowe is rights.
According to police, Bowe was pulled over for traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. He was arrested after police found a black bag containing his wallet, driver’s license and two containers of what an officer suspected to be marijuana.
One of Bowe’s passengers, George A. Thompson, said the bag belonged to him, police said, and during a search of Thompson, police also found two-hand rolled cigarettes, containing 2.2 grams of suspected marijuana.
The reduced charge could affect how the National Football League office will treat Bowe. Had he been charged with a marijuana offense, it would have been Bowe’s second strike with the league’s drug policy and might have gotten him a four-game suspension. At best, he probably would have been suspended one game.
Whatever your feelings are about Bowe getting off on a technicality, the fact remains that the league may have a hard time making a suspension over littering stick with the Player’s Association.
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