Repeat offender convicted of gun and drug possession

Repeat offender convicted of gun and drug possession

Bryan Bowen

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bryan Bowen, 30, of Wilmington, North Carolina, pleaded guilty Monday in New Hanover Superior County to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance while obtaining habitual felon status.

Pender County Judge Kent Harrell sentenced the defendant to a total minimum of 58 months and a total maximum of 82 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

According to the press release, the evidence presented to the court and other evidence shows that on March 28, 2024, at approximately 1:40 p.m., detectives from the Wilmington Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence at 208 North 11th Street in Wilmington based on drug transactions and unauthorized alcohol sales that had occurred at the residence. When detectives arrived to execute the warrant, they observed defendant Bryan Bowen discard a black bag while he was on the porch of the residence. Detectives then seized the bag and inside, they discovered a Glock 19X pistol. The defendant also had a plastic bag containing 3.17 grams of synthetic cannabinoids in his pocket.

Additionally, a 16-year-old juvenile was located with the defendant at the residence and was found to be in possession of a second handgun concealed in the waistband of his pants. Detectives later discovered that this second handgun had been reported stolen.

In an interview after his arrest, Bryan Bowen admitted that he brought the Glock 19 with him to the house to protect himself from rival gang members. He also said that the juvenile at the scene was his second cousin who was also armed to protect the defendant.

The defendant was granted habitual felon status based on multiple prior convictions for other firearm and drug offenses.