Luverne man charged for drugs, threatsLUVERNE — A Luverne man accused of threatening police officers in January is now facing a terroristic threat charge for allegedly texting numerous threats to another man. When law enforcement investigated, they found marijuana, cocaine and other drug paraphernalia at his residence.
LUVERNE — A Luverne man accused of threatening police officers in January is now facing a terroristic threat charge for allegedly texting numerous threats to another man. When law enforcement investigated, they found marijuana, cocaine and other drug paraphernalia at his residence.
Matthew Earl Dowie, 38, is charged with two counts of fifth-degree controlled substance possession, terroristic threats and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint, a Rock County deputy had received a report of threats against a citizen. Upon investigation, the deputy found the victim had at least 28 text messages allegedly from Dowie, including the following:
“bad bad 4u dude cuz u gana di.”
“it could be problem if you like breathin … ul be amazed at how easy death can visit.”
Another message referenced a baseball bat and told the recipient to be aware when he walked out the door.
Based on the threats, deputies went to Dowie’s residence to arrest him on April 30. The complaint states five deputies proceeded to the address because of prior difficulties in arresting Dowie.
Upon entrance to the apartment, Dowie was ordered to come out of the bedroom and was arrested without incident, but deputies noticed numerous pills and what appeared to be narcotics in plain view. An alleged marijuana growing environment had been created from an altered fish tank, and cash and empty alcohol containers were lying about.
After securing a search warrant, authorities collected a large bag of marijuana from Dowie’s bedroom and found a substance that tested positive for cocaine on an end table. A digital scale, glass pipes, four cell phones and other items were also seized.
Having been released on the January felony charges on $15,000 bond, one of the conditions of Dowie’s release was to abstain from drugs and alcohol.
Dowie is scheduled for a plea hearing Monday on those charges, which include the terroristic threats, fleeing a peace officer, property damage and obstructing the legal process. He allegedly waved a gun while intoxicated and left in a vehicle, running stop signs and a light while being pursued by three squad cars until he went through a 3-way intersection and crashed into a deep snow bank.
During that encounter with authorities, Dowie told the officers transporting him to jail that he would have his brother, who “is the head of 200 sharp shooters for the FBI” come down and take care of the “crooked cops.”