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James Fowler

Merryville police chief Fowler arrested

Last Modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:43 AM

By Natalie Stewart / American Press

The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations on Wednesday arrested the Merryville police chief on charges of malfeasance in office, abuse of office and filing or maintaining false public records.

Sgt. James Anderson of State Police Troop D said detectives began their investigation of James Fowler, 36, in June.

Anderson said investigators learned that Fowler in April performed a traffic stop on and searched a vehicle within his jurisdiction. Nothing illegal was found, and the driver and passengers were released.

“Shortly thereafter, Fowler learned that narcotics may have been in the purse of one of the passengers,” Anderson said in a news release. “Fowler traveled outside of his jurisdiction of Merryville to Bon Wier in Texas, where he located the vehicle and its occupants.”

Anderson said Fowler searched the passenger’s purse and found illegal narcotics. Fowler is accused of arresting the female passenger in Texas and taking her to the Beauregard Parish Jail, where she was booked, officials said.

Anderson said investigators determined that Fowler “provided false information on an affidavit of arrest and an arrest report in conjunction with the arrest.”

He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail with bond set at $240,000.

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Posted By: betty white On: 9/6/2012

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hmmmm LOL imagine that! drugs, and everything else he WAS doing... wonder how he ever made chief

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