Hopkins Officers Find Crack Cocaine After Traffic Stop

Jimmie Lee Bownes has been charged with third-degree drug possession and fifth-degree drug possession.

An unspecified traffic violation led to a drug bust and two felony charges against a Hopkins man, according to court documents filed Friday.

An officer stopped 40-year-old Jimmie Lee Bownes at 8:54 p.m. Dec. 14 at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Mainstreet, Officer Kevin Frederick wrote in the charging documents. While talking with Bownes, the officer smelled marijuana. Bownes admitted smoking marijuana before driving and gave officers permission to search him, saying he didn’t have any more.

Officers found a container with 30 Lorazepam pills on Bownes. He said he had a prescription for the anti-anxiety medicine, but subsequent investigation showed that he didn’t have a prescription.

He also had $1,101.

In the vehicle, officers found a marijuana pipe, a plastic baggie of suspected marijuana and a “hide can” with several baggies of small white rocks that later tested to be 3.5 grams of crack cocaine, according to court documents.

Bownes has been charged with:

  • Third-degree drug possession, a felony with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $75,000 to $250,000 fine
  • Fifth-degree drug possession, a felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $3,000 to $10,000 fine


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