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Bowe admits to minor traffic offenses, marijuana charge dropped

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RIVERSIDE, MO (KCTV) -

Prosecutors dismissed a marijuana charge against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and he admitted to minor traffic violations stemming from a traffic stop late last year.

Escaping the marijuana charge could allow Bowe to avoid being suspended from play by the NFL.

Bowe pleaded guilty to defective equipment and littering, and paid a $610 fine and court costs. Defective equipment is a common plea in traffic violations in the Kansas City area.

"There was no admission of guilt to marijuana possession, and our investigation revealed he did not possess marijuana," said Kevin Regan, Bowe's attorney. "It was dismissed, meaning it won't be refiled."

The Chiefs were on a bye week on Nov. 10 when Riverside police pulled over Bowe for speeding near West Platte Road and Northwest Business Park shortly before midnight. Riverside is a small town in the Northland.

The officer discovered a black bag with two containers that had 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams respectively of what is believed to be marijuana in them, police said.  Bowe was placed under arrest for the possession of a controlled substance.

A passenger was also arrested after what appeared to be marijuana cigarettes were found on him, police said at the time.

According to a police report, Bowe admitted to smoking marijuana while waiting at the airport.

In dash-cam video released Monday, the officer is shown pulling over Bowe who was allegedly driving 48 mph in a 35-mph zone. In the video, Bowe talks briefly to the officers and then does stretching movements as a canine unit is brought to the scene. Bowe, his friends and officers waited as the dog thoroughly searched the vehicle.

According to the video, the dog hit on a bag.

After his arrest, Bowe hired Regan, one of the area's top defense attorneys, who vigorously contested the charges including seeking to have evidence tossed out for police officers not following proper police procedures.

Bowe had said he believed he was racially profiled but recently walked back from those comments, saying Riverside police treated him professionally during the traffic stop.

On Wednesday, Regan said he was pleased the case "was amended to non-criminal, non-moving violations."

In 2009, Bowe was suspended for four games for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy after he tested positive for a diuretic.

Neither Regan nor Riverside Prosecutor Amy Ashelford took questions from the media. Ashelford believed the plea deal was a good resolution since this was Bowe's first offense.

Bowe did not attend Wednesday's hearing.

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