By WRCB Staff

BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) --  A continuing investigation by Drug Enforcement Unit detectives for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office led to the apprehension and arrest of 31-year-old Mark Daniel Bowman on charges related to the discovery of almost 200 marijuana plants inside his residence on Mount Bethel Road.

Bowman was not home when patrol deputies responded February 5 to a call of a burglary-in-progress. Upon entry through an unsecured door to see if anyone was inside deputies noticed the distinct odor of marijuana and observed several marijuana plants.  Finding no one, they returned outside and contacted the DEU.  A search warrant was obtained to re-enter the residence.

Approximately three days later Bowman was arrested by U.S. Customs agents at the Miami airport boarding a flight to Ecuador. He was in the custody of Florida authorities until Wednesday when he was returned to Bradley County to face criminal charges.

Those charges are possession of schedule VI drug for resale, possession of schedule I drug for resale, cultivating marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Bowman was arraigned in General Sessions Court on Thursday and bond was set at $75,000. His next hearing will be on February 22.