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5 in county jail after methamphetamine bust

Mark Bowden

Five people ended up in county jail after a man allegedly was pulled over with more than 80 grams of methamphetamine early Wednesday morning.

A Nevada County Sheriff's deputy made a traffic stop on Mark Dewayne Bowden at 1 a.m. on Highway 49 near the Sacramento Street exit, according to dispatch reports.

Information as to what prompted him to pull Bowden over was not available as of press time.

Bowden has a prior history of drug sales, and was set to be sentenced Monday to two years in prison for a 2012 arrest; he was arrested most recently in February.

After he was pulled over Wednesday, his truck was searched, and deputies located 81.5 grams of methamphetamine in his backpack, as well as packaging material, said Sgt. Guy Selleck.

Bowden, 33, was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possession for sale and transportation for sale, as well as committing a felony while on bail. Because of his past history, his bail was set at $150,000, Selleck said.

The Narcotics Task Force then conducted a related probation search on a residence in the 14000 block of Highway 174, where it located another half-gram of meth, Selleck said.

Patricia Lyn Gatlin, 42, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, booked and released on $1,000 bail.

Roy Dale Gatlin, 45, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and violating probation. He was being held without bail.

Aaron Anthony Peebles, 29, and Amanda Rae Beatty, 23, were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, booked and released on $1,000 bail. Their 3-year-old child was at the residence and was taken into custody by Child Protective Services, Selleck said.

Bowden had been arrested by the narcotics task force in mid-February after he was spotted driving in the Brunswick Basin area. The deputy pulled Bowden over on Old Tunnel Road and searched him and his vehicle, knowing that he had search terms. He allegedly found approximately 2 ounces of meth with an estimated street value of $1,600.

The status of criminal charges in that arrest were not clear.

Bowden was set for sentencing Monday after pleading no contest to one count of possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell in exchange for a stipulated two-year prison sentence. This was in connection with the 2012 arrest, when he was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer with nearly 2 pounds of meth, a digital scale, packaging materials and about $5,000 in cash.

The prosecutor called it one of the largest methamphetamine seizures in Nevada County with the street value estimated at between $27,000 and $80,000, depending on the way it was packaged for sale.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.