Taylor Bowman MUG

Taylor Morgan Bowman

A homeless man from Homosassa who was already wanted for not going to court picked up another charge when police found him with a trafficking weight of methamphetamine.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives on Nov. 21 went to the Bella Oasis Hotel in Homosassa to arrest Taylor Morgan Bowman on a warrant charging the 25-year-old as a no-show to court for allegedly driving with an invalid license, Bowman’s arrest report shows.

Investigators found Bowman in the driver’s seat of a car, and ordered him to exit. When Bowman got out, his vehicle rolled backward, forcing a woman in the passenger seat to put the car in park.

Detectives could also smell marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Bowman admitted to smoking the drug earlier, according to his arrest report.

Underneath Bowman’s seat, detectives found 18.7 grams of meth, a scale, empty plastic baggies and various pills, according to Bowman’s arrest report.

Deputies charged Bowman with trafficking in meth and possessing drug paraphernalia, and jailed him on a $26,000 bond for those alleged offenses. For his warrant arrest, Bowman was booked under a $2,000 bond.

At Bowman’s Friday first appearance in court, a judge kept him on a $26,000 bond for his latest charges, but denied him bond for his charge of not appearing to his Nov. 7 hearing, court records show.

Bowman will be arraigned on his charges Dec. 16, when he will announce a formal plea.

If convicted of meth trafficking, Bowman faces a minimum-mandatory prison sentence of 15 years.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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