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Man arrested with crack cocaine
Dowell allegedly in possession of four grams of illegal drug
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Smithville City Police have arrested 54-year-old Fred Dowell, Jr. and charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm, simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance ( four grams of crack cocaine), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (homemade crack pipe), and a third offense of driving on a revoked license.Dowell was also cited for failure to maintain proper lane of travel.After receiving several complaints of possible drug trafficking from Dowell's home, Detective Matt Holmes reports that Smithville Police executed a search warrant at the residence on April 12.When officers arrived they found four other men in the home, but not Dowell.Police also found a set of scales, some drug residue, and a semi-automatic pistol hidden inside a desk drawer.A warrant was then drawn up charging Dowell with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.Detective Holmes reported that Dowell is a convicted felon in a previous criminal case in Putnam County.Then, 11 days later, on April 23, Officer Brad Tatrow stopped a truck on Bright Hill Road for a traffic violation and found Dowell to be the driver.A check of his license revealed it to be revoked, and a search of his vehicle yielded a bag containing about four grams of crack cocaine and a homemade crack pipe.Dowell was placed in custody and charged in the cases. His bonds total $9,500.