Most Wanted suspect arrested

A suspect recently profiled as one of Merced County’s Most Wanted was arrested Thursday by agents in the Chowchilla area.

Carlos Lynn Bowker, 44, was taken into custody during an operation conducted by the Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, Merced Police Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit and Department of Justice, according to a Merced police press release.

Bowker was one of several suspects targeted earlier this year in a large drug distributing case. According to the release, agents in May raided nearly 45 locations, and Bowker was tipped off about the operation by an employee working for Riggs Ambulance Co. He eluded law enforcement during the subsequent months.

Members of the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force developed information that led them to a location in the Chowchilla area. Around 1 p.m. Thursday agents spotted Bowker traveling westbound on Highway 152 near Chowchilla, according to the release.

Agents followed Bowker to a house in Chowchilla and arrested him without incident. Agents served a search warrant at the location and found a 9 mm semi-automatic firearm, nearly 5 pounds of marijuana and a butane honey oil conversion lab. Also seized was around $25,000 in cash. Bowker was booked into jail on a $500,000 warrant for charges stemming from his prior case. Police said new charges will be filed in Madera County for Thursday’s incident.