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Cocktail in vehicle leads deputies to 81-pound meth bust, charges say

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A courtroom in the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City is pictured on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

Criminal charges were filed in Utah Thursday against a Colorado couple accused of smuggling 81 pounds of methamphetamine in their car.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Charges have been filed against a Denver couple who police say was smuggling a large amount of drugs in their car, but still managed to draw attention to themselves by having marijuana and a Las Vegas cocktail openly displayed.

Tyler Roland Bowers, 29, was pulled over on I-15 near St. George and 30 packages containing an estimated 81 pounds of methamphetamine was found in the trunk, according to a police booking affidavit.

Bowers and Felicia Ramona Bowers, 28, were charged Monday in 5th District Court with two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony, plus marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, class B misdemeanors. Felicia Bowers was also charged with having an open container of alcohol in the car, a class C misdemeanor.

The couple was stopped on I-15 for an expired registration about 11:15 p.m. on Feb. 27, according to the affidavit. The officer learned the couple was traveling from California to Denver.

Tyler Bowers, who did not have his driver’s license, then “held up a large cocktail-style drink and informed me that Felicia had been drinking in Las Vegas so he was driving because she was intoxicated,” according to the affidavit. 

That’s when the deputy informed the couple “that it was against the law to have an open container of alcohol in their vehicle.” Another deputy went to the passenger side window and could smell marijuana and could see a plastic baggie with possible heroin in the car door, the affidavit states.

At that point, a thorough search was conducted on the car and methamphetamine, heroin and syringes were found in the trunk and back seat, according to the affidavit.