Portage Man Facing Multiple Drug Charges Following Arrest

(Portage) A Portage man is facing multiple drug charges following his arrest Tuesday. During an on-going investigation by the Columbia County Drug Task Force, a suspect was observed leaving a known drug area. Sheriff Roger Brandner says the individual committed a traffic violation which led to his vehicle being pulled over at a gas station in Portage. He says as the traffic stop began the suspect walked out of his vehicle, into the gas station and then attempted to flee on foot as deputies followed. The suspect, who was identified as Loyal Stowers, was reportedly uncooperative and continued to actively resist law enforcement. Brandner says during attempts to gain control, Stowers attempted to bite a detective which led authorities to deploy a K9 unit. Stowers was taking into custody a short time later. Both Stowers and a deputy were treated for their injuries. Brandner says the 37-year-old is facing several charges including Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Resisting, Battery to Law Enforcement, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, among others. Stowers is currently being held at the Columbia County Jail awaiting his initial appearance.