BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Markita Louise Bowers, 34, was arrested early this morning after a traffic stop led to charges of drug possession, fraudulent use of another person’s identification, driving with a suspended license, giving false identification to an officer, property damage, and threatening to harm an officer.
Bowers was reportedly driving a car that was pulled over at about 11:45 p.m. last night at SW Archer Road and SW 13th Street for a non-working tag light and illegal window tint. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy wrote that Bowers “showed numerous signs of nervousness” when she was asked to step out of the vehicle. She reportedly told the deputy her name was “Broddrica Mongo,” but the license for Mongo was suspended. She was later positively identified as Markita Bowers after her own driver’s license was found in the vehicle.
The other three occupants of the car spoke with the deputy and provided their identification. The deputy wrote that they all had different stories and different final travel destinations; Bowers reportedly said they were heading to the hospital for her friend who was having chest pains, but they had just driven past UF Health Shands, and the friend later said she did not want to go to the hospital.
The deputy was in the process of writing up a warning when a Gainesville Police Department K9 team arrived; the K9 provided a positive alert to narcotics in the vehicle. A backpack at Bowers’ feet reportedly contained documents with her personal information, 15.31 grams of cocaine, 0.8 grams of MDPV, 0.68 grams of an unknown substance, and 1 gram of methamphetamine. The backpack also reportedly contained a large number of 1×1 apple seed bags containing powdery residue, empty apple seed bags, and a digital scale.
The backpack also reportedly contained debit cards, bank cards, vehicle registrations, social security numbers, pay stubs, and other personal identification information for people who were not in the vehicle and whose addresses ranged from Gainesville to Middleburg.
Bowers also had an active warrant for child support and a suspended driver’s license for failing to pay child support.
The deputy reported that on the way to the jail, Bowers allegedly said he was going to “disappear” and that she was going to “bash [his] face in.” She allegedly kicked the rear door, breaking internal plastic pieces in the door and bending it, requiring repair to the patrol car.
Bowers has been charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, impersonation of another person, driving with a suspended license, giving false identification to an officer, property damage over $200, and threatening an officer. She also has an active sworn complaint from May 18, claiming that she stole cash and bank cards from a woman who had given her money in the past. She has six felony convictions. She is being held on $500,000 bond on top of the $970 she owes in child support.
Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.