Heroin dealer gets 8 years

Nu­mer­ous drugs, ledgers found

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com

A Sun­der­land man re­ceived eight years of ac­tive prison time for a Fe­bru­ary in­ci­dent where au­thor­i­ties ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on his res­i­dence and found var­i­ous types of il­le­gal sub­stances and drug ledgers.

Michael Gre­gory Rowsey, 50, was in­dicted on triple counts of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, dou­ble counts of pos­ses­sion of a nar­cotic with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and com­mon nui­sance/dis­tribut­ing con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stances, along with a sin­gle charge of at­tempt­ing to tam­per with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence, on­line court records show.

On March 21, Dis­trict Judge Michelle Saun- ders signed search and seizure war­rants for Rowsey’s Mercedes and Chevro­let ve­hi­cles due to a pre­vi­ous drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion where a war­rant was ex­e­cuted at his Sun­der­land res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­ports. A sur­veil­lance sys­tem was seized as a re­sult of this war­rant.

The footage from the sur­veil­lance sys­tem showed Rowsey pre­par­ing and dis­tribut­ing con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stances. It also de­picted Rowsey stor­ing the drugs in a box, al­though the box couldn’t be lo­cated dur­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of the war­rant, the re­ports de­tail. An ad­di­tional search and seizure war­rant was is­sued to re­turn

to the res­i­dence and lo­cate the box seen on sur­veil­lance video.

Mem­bers of the Drug En­force­ment Unit re­sponded to Rowsey’s res­i­dence March 22 with the search and seizure war­rants. While au­thor­i­ties were pre­par­ing for the ex­e­cu­tion of the war­rant, Rowsey left the res­i­dence and was found at the Sun­der­land 7-Eleven. Due to the ve­hi­cle seizure war­rant for the ve­hi­cle he was op­er­at­ing, Rowsey was stopped and de­tained, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

While the war­rant was be­ing ex­e­cuted at the res­i­dence, Colleen Rose Cross, 36, of Sun­der­land, re­sid­ing in a spare bed­room in the base­ment, al-

leg­edly at­tempted to reach for a pouch lo­cated on the side of her in an at­tempt to con­ceal it from of­fi­cers. A box match­ing the box ob­served in the sur­veil­lance footage was found un­der the back deck in a cub­by­hole built into the frame of the deck. Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments, au­thor­i­ties found a glass vial con­tain­ing a brown and red pow­dery sub­stance, which tested pos­i­tive for the pres­ence of heroin, court doc­u­ments state. Also inside the box were two bags of mar­i­juana, re­spec­tively weigh­ing 34 and 21 grams. A dig­i­tal scale was found un­der the deck in close prox­im­ity to the box.

Rowsey was ar­rested at the Sun­der­land 7-Eleven and trans­ported to the de­ten­tion cen­ter for the items found inside the box. All search­ing stopped af­ter the box was found and the res-

idence was main­tained un­der con­trol of the sher­iff’s of­fice. Au­thor­i­ties then ap­plied for a search and seizure war­rant for drugs, which was ap­proved and signed by Calvert Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge Mar­jorie Clagett.

Along with Cross, Gary Clen Robert­son, 45, of Sun­der­land was also found in the base­ment bed­room. Robert­son had a safe in the closet on his side of the bed that re­port­edly con­tained mul­ti­ple pill bot­tles and an en­ve­lope with num­bers on the front. The last num­ber not scratched out was 1020 and the en­ve­lope was later found to hold $1,020. Au­thor­i­ties re­ported in the charg­ing doc­u­ments that this en­ve­lope was con­sis­tent with a drug ledger. Robert­son also al­legedly had Al­pra­zo­lam pill bot­tles with more pills miss­ing than his pre­scrip­tion called for.

Au­thor­i­ties searched the pouch Cross was at­tempt­ing to con­ceal and found it to al­legedly con­tain var­i­ous types of pills, in­clud­ing Lyrica, Al­pra­zo­lam and am­phet­a­mine, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Cross re­port­edly had no pre­scrip­tion for any of the pills, and the pill bot­tles were ei­ther al­tered or re­moved to con­ceal the iden­tity of who the medicine was is­sued to.

Inside Rowsey’s com­puter room, au­thor­i­ties found sub­ox­one strips and a par­tial pill of am­phet­a­mine. A drug ledger and fold of money were found in this room, the doc­u­ments state. In the com­mon area of the base­ment, a one-hit co­caine de­vice con­tain­ing co­caine residue and tra­madol were found.

Rowsey was in­car­cer­ated at the de­ten­tion cen­ter and sub­se­quently in­dicted in cir­cuit court May 15.

Rowsey en­tered an ABA plea agree­ment with a guilty plea to pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute heroin in Septem­ber. An ABA plea is a bind­ing plea agree­ment be­tween the de­fense at­tor­ney, state’s at­tor­ney and judge based on a deal that in­cor­po­rates a spe­cific sen­tence bound by the terms re­lat­ing to sen­tence and dis­po­si­tion. The agreed-to sen­tence was eight years of ac­tive time and the for­fei­ture of $1,938 that was seized.

On Oct. 13, Rowsey’s plea agree­ment was up­held and he was dealt a 20-year sen­tence with all but eight years sus­pended. He re­ceived credit for 149 days served in pre­trial cus­tody and will be on five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion upon his re­lease.

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