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Boone County Sheriff's Department makes felony drug arrest

Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 5:27 p.m. CST; updated 9:50 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested two men late Wednesday night, one on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and the other on suspicion of an outstanding warrant and possession of a felony amount of marijuana.

Deputies stopped a speeding car near the intersection of Oakland Gravel Road and Starke Avenue and determined the driver was intoxicated, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. During a consented search of the car, deputies reported they found a felony amount of marijuana.

“It was an excess amount of 35 grams,” Boone County Sheriff's Department Major Tom Reddin said.

Johnny Ellis, 37, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and driving while his license was revoked, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Joshua Cowans was arrested on an outstanding Boone County warrant for endangering the welfare of a child and property damage and on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Cowans posted bond and was released around 10:30 p.m., Reddin said, and Ellis bonded out of custody at about 10 p.m.


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