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Meth dealer facing jury trial

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

An Andrews man’s jury trial began yesterday and will continue today, where he faces charges of dealing in methamphetamine and possession of a narcotic drug, according to Huntington Superior Court records.

Police charged 34-year-old Kortney D. Bowers with a Level 2 felony of dealing in methamphetamine and a Level 6 felony of possession of a narcotic drug after police allegedly found 14 grams of methamphetamine and five yellow pills, later identified as hydrocodone, when they fell out of Bowers pocket during a search, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During an interview at the Huntington Police Anex Building, Bowers admitted to travelling to Fort Wayne with another man to purchase crystal methamphetamine, and Bowers told police he intended to give the methamphetamine to the man but he hadn’t been paid yet, according to the affidavit.

In 2017, local law enforcement conducted an investigation on the sale of illegal narcotics and guns at 338 Columbia St. Huntington, Ind., according to the report. Officers allegedly observed various individuals make “numerous hand-to-hand drug transactions at this address.”

On August 31, 2017, the court granted a search warrant at the address, where officers noticed a white, 4-door Ford Explorer. A day later, officers from the Huntington City Police Department and Huntington County Sheriff’s Department along with the Allen County Drug Task Force surveyed a white Ford Explorer while it traveled from Huntington to Andrews where Bowers got into the passenger seat before heading to Fort Wayne, according to the affidavit.

As the Explorer returned toward Andrews, officers stopped the vehicle and Bowers and the driver agreed to be searched. During the stop, officers allege Bowers reached down the back of his pants, before drugs fell out of his pant legs and onto the ground, according to the report.

During that time, Bowers was “out of jail on bond for pending charges of illegal possession of a firearm, which he was carrying in the back of his waistband at the time of his arrest.,” the affidavit says.