CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Putnam County man was sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison for a drug charge, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Jon Bowman, 58, of Poca, previously pleaded guilty to using the mail to facilitate a drug crime.
As part of a comprehensive investigation, agents from the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, and Homeland Security Investigations intercepted several mail packages that contained methamphetamine, other drugs, or drug proceeds. Since January 2014, several pounds of methamphetamine were transported from California and Nevada into the Southern District of West Virginia via the United States mail or through individuals driving packages of drugs into the area. Bowman admitted that he took part in this conspiracy by working with others to ship and distribute methamphetamine. On March 4, 2014, law enforcement intercepted a package that Bowman had helped arrange to send to St. Albans containing approximately 245 grams of crystal methamphetamine concealed inside an object shaped like a turtle. Bowman further admitted that he intended to use and distribute the methamphetamine throughout the Kanawha County area.
Multiple defendants have been sentenced to federal prison as a result of this large-scale methamphetamine trafficking investigation. Joseph Cooper was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Benjamin Childers was sentenced to 10 years and a month in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Mark Cobb and Shayne Shamblen were both sentenced to…
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