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A 37-year-old Beech Creek man recently was sentenced to time in Lycoming County Prison for possession of 0.5 grams methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

Michael Bower was stopped in downtown Jersey Shore by the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police around 3:32 a.m. on March 1, 2019, because the front passenger side headlight on his Jeep Liberty was out, arresting officer Cody Smith wrote.

While Bower was looking for his license, Officer Smith said he noticed a small rubber band commonly used for packaging narcotics.

When questioned about the rubber band, a female passenger replied that it was for her hair, according to the affidavit.

A state parole agent then informed Officer Smith that Bower was suspected by Renovo police for narcotics trafficking, and Bower was detained.

A small glass pipe with burn marks on it, a bottle with a white grainy salt-looking substance in it and a vial of unknown liquid were located in the driver's seat where the driver was just sitting, Officer Smith wrote.

Bower possessed 0.5 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it on March 1, 2019, an ungraded felony, court documents from Jan. 8, 2020, indicate.

President Judge Butts sentenced Bower on January 8, 2020, to five to ten months county prison, three years intermediate punishment, 90 days electronic home monitoring, 50 hours of community service, and drug court.

One remaining felony count, seven misdemeanor counts, and two summary counts were dismissed, Bower’s sentencing sheet stated.

Docket Sheet