Thursday, August 20, 2020

Upshur County man indicted on methamphetamine and firearms charges

 ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Rodney Allen Rowan, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was indicted today on methamphetamine and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Rowan, 25, was indicted on one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute at Least 50 Grams of Methamphetamine” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Rowan is accused of having more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in November 2019 in Upshur County. Rowan, who is prohibited from having a firearm because of a prior offense, is accused of having a .380 caliber pistol in November 2019 in Upshur County. 

Rowan faces at least 10 years and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $10 million the methamphetamine charge. He faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, West Virginia State Police, and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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