Crime

Feds say man removed gun’s serial number

Dwayne Bowie
Dwayne Bowie

A 21-year-old man is held on suspicion of violating federal gun laws — obliterating a serial number and possession of a firearm by a drug user or addict, a criminal complaint says.

Dwayne Jeh Reion Leonta Bowie, who goes by the nickname Doochie, was ordered held with no bond Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

A grand jury will review allegations on a complaint filed by a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Court records show Gulfport police have been working with federal agents on the case.

Gulfport police arrested Johnson Aug. 10 on charges of armed robbery and and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was freed from jail on a $100,000 bond Thursday. Police arrested him again Saturday on a state firearm charge involving a defaced or removed serial number.

Police have released no information on his arrests. An ATF agent’s sworn statement, unsealed Monday, gives some details.

In the traffic stop, Bowie was armed with a Glock .40-caliber handgun and was found with less than 1 gram of marijuana, the agent said.

The agent said the serial number had been removed from the frame and Johnson told investigators he had removed the serial number because he suspected the gun had been stolen from a pawn shop. Also, Johnson reportedly had just bought the marijuana for his personal use.

Gulfport police have arrested him about five times on marijuana charges since 2012, the agent wrote.

Johnson has admitted smoking marijuana daily since he was 17 and has a “significant juvenile crime record,” Magistrate Judge John Gargiulo wrote in an order denying bond.

Johnson also has failed to appear in court several times, has been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and has several convictions for failing to appear in court, Gargiulo said.

The Harrison County jail docket shows he has been jailed seven times since he was 18. Previous charges include armed robbery and burglary; a grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict him on the felonies.

Dwayne Bowie’s incarcerations

Dwayne Bowie has been booked at the Harrison County jail seven times since he was 18.

Dec. 19, 2013: Arrested on a felony charge of taking away of a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor petit larceny charge. Served one day for petit larceny. The motor vehicle charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

July 9, 2014: Arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm. Sentenced to three days in jail.

June 27, 2014: Arrested on charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools. Released a day later on a $30,000 bond.

Nov. 23, 2014: Arrested on charges of fleeing law enforcement/resisting or obstructing arrest; and contempt of court. Released on bonds of $1,354.50.

Feb. 2, 2015: Jailed nearly 10 months, held on two contempt charges and pending felonies; learned a grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict him on charges of armed robbery, possession of burglary tools and attempted commercial burglary. Released Nov. 23.

Aug. 10, 2016: Arrested on an armed robbery charge and a misdemeanor marijuana possession. Released next day on bonds of $100,452.25.

Aug. 13, 2016: Arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm with an obliterated firearm. Ordered held for federal marshals.

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