The Missoula Police Department made two separate drug arrests recently. One occurred late Tuesday night and the other took place early Wednesday morning. At around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Whippoorwill Drive and Highway 10 West. Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.

“The officer recognized the driver of this vehicle as somebody who had outstanding warrants,” Welsh said. “The officer confirmed those warrants and also that the male was driving without a valid drivers license. In fact, it had been suspended. The officer made contact with the driver, confirmed his identification, and placed him under arrest. He also observed what he described as drug paraphernalia and drugs in the vehicle.”

The man was identified as 58-year-old Kevin Dowell. According to Welsh, Dowell was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The second incident occurred at around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday when an officer recognized a man sitting along in a parking lot in the 3800 block of Brooks Street.

“The officer identified the male, confirmed that he had outstanding warrants and that he was on probation,” Welsh said. “The officer made contact with the male and confirmed his identity as 63-year-old Gerald Frey. Mr. Frey was placed under arrest and it was confirmed that he was on probation. The probation officer requested a search of Frey. The search revealed methamphetamine and marijuana.”

Both Dowell and Frey are currently being held for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and a handful of other charges.