A routine traffic stop last week led to the arrest of a Missouri man with an extensive criminal history of drug-related charges.

Nathaniel Bryan Bowers, 39, was booked into the Grand County Jail for distributing MDMA with prior convictions; distributing marijuana with a prior conviction; possession of THC with a prior conviction; and possession of paraphernalia with intent to deliver. Under the law, he is presumed to be innocent unless or until a court convicts him of any charges.

A Moab City Police officer pulled Bowers’ vehicle over during a traffic stop at about 4:49 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, in the 200 block of South Main Street and reportedly smelled raw marijuana inside the minivan.

The officer subsequently located $5,000 in cash bundled together, plus an additional $1,335 in a mixture of smaller bills, according to a police report on the incident.

After additional units arrived at the scene, police allegedly found nearly 10.9 pounds of marijuana, along with 135 grams – or 61 cubes – of MDMA, which is commonly known as Ecstasy.

Another large sum of cash – $1,790 – was allegedly found in a folder inside a book, and police also reported that the search turned up rolls of vacuum-sealed bags, hashish, various kinds of THC edibles and THC dabs – highly concentrated doses of cannabis.

A criminal background check revealed that Bowers has an extensive history involving the distribution of illegal substances, the cultivation of marijuana and drug possession charges, according to the report on the incident.