Heroin dealer gets 8 years
Numerous drugs, ledgers found
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.