When Old Lycoming Township Police investigated a suspicious vehicle on Wednesday morning, they found more than they were looking for. After discovering that the vehicle had been reported stolen, officers searched the truck and uncovered more than $8,500 worth of crack cocaine, according to police.
Tyrice Lamont Bowen, 19, of Philadelphia, faces felony charges for receiving stolen property and possession with intent to distribute narcotics, as well as misdemeanor charges for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to court records, officers noticed a suspicious black Dodge Durango parked on Mill Lane. They made contact with an unidentified driver, who told police she believed the vehicle belonged to her friend, Bowen, who was inside a Mill Lane residence.
Officers contacted the Major Crimes Unit in Philadelphia, which confirmed that the Dodge had been reported stolen in December.
When questioned, Bowen allegedly admitted that the vehicle belonged to a friend, but stated that he had been intending to purchase the truck and had been making steady payments to her.
With the help of authorities in Philadelphia, officers were able to contact the owner of the vehicle, Sherae Epps. She allegedly told police that she hadn't seen the truck since Christmas.
Epps gave officers permission to search the vehicle, records state. During their search, officers allegedly discovered about 3.3 grams of crack cocaine in the gas compartment on the outside of the truck.
According to court records, the way the substance was packaged led police to assume it was intended for distribution.
Bowen was arraigned before District Justice James H. Sortman on Wednesday afternoon. He is incarcerated in lieu of $100,000 bail.