Originally Published: August 17, 2018 5:51 p.m.
Authorities in Prescott have arrested a former Prescott bar manager following an investigation into drug trafficking activity out of an area hotel.
Over the past several months, Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) detectives received information from several sources about drug sales involving Mark Bowdish, 57, occurring from a hotel room in the 1200 block of Gurley Street in Prescott, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO).
Bowdish used to be the co-owner/bar manager of the Drunken Lass Irish Pub, which opened in 2009 and closed in 2016 due to financial difficulties. The business, located at 218 W. Gurley St., has since been purchased, remodeled and renamed.
Officials with PANT recently confirmed Bowdish was staying at the hotel and driving a maroon Chevy Tahoe on a revoked driver’s license.
On Tuesday, Aug. 14, PANT confirmed ongoing drug sale activity from Bowdish’s room. He was pulled over after leaving the hotel by Prescott Police officers due to his revoked license status and PANT detectives arrived to assist the traffic stop, YCSO reported. A meth pipe was located when they searched the vehicle.
Using information gathered in recent weeks, detectives were then able to obtain a search warrant for Bowdish’s hotel room, where well over a quarter pound of meth was found packaged for sale, YCSO reported. Several meth pipes and other smoking devices with meth residue, a scale, hundreds of unused/used bindle baggies used in drug sales and notebooks documenting Bowdish’s meth sales were also found.
Bowdish admitted to ongoing drug sales from the hotel, YCSO reported.
He was booked into the Yavapai County jail on charges including possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond.