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Welling Man Sentenced To 108 Months, $236,000 For Drug Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that  IAN ALEXANDER BOWLINE, age 29, of Welling, Oklahoma was sentenced to 108 months imprisonment, followed by 36 months of supervised release for Drug Conspiracy and Interstate Travel or Transportation in Aid of Racketeering Enterprises.

The defendant was found guilty by a federal jury in March, 2015.  That jury also recommended a money judgment of $236,700.00 which represented an amount equal to the value of Oxycodone pills BOWLINE caused to be diverted by his illegal activity.

Evidence at trial proved that beginning in or about 2010, and continuing until the date of the service of a search warrant at BOWLINE’S residence on May 7, 2013, BOWLINE lead an organization aimed at obtaining Oxycodone by utilizing false prescriptions manufactured by BOWLINE and distributed to other coconspirators who, in turn, presented the false prescriptions to pharmacies and obtained 90 to 120 count Oxycodone pills at 30 mg dosages per pill.  The false prescriptions generated by BOWLINE, contained DEA physician license numbers, and were printed on special watermark paper used by physicians when writing prescriptions.

The false prescriptions were presented to pharmacies in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  The evidence presented at trial included items seized from a search of BOWLINE’S residence.  Agents seized a computer, laptop, and thumb drives which contained approximately 90 blank prescriptions in a format used to produce and print the prescriptions and 50 completed prescriptions that had been illegally passed at pharmacies within and outside Oklahoma.  Prosecutors also presented approximately 25 false prescriptions that had been filled by various pharmacies and identified as being manufactured and signed by BOWLINE.  During the course of the trial, evidence was presented that Bowline was responsible for the diversion of approximately 28,000 Oxycodone pills.

The charges are a result of an investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and was coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) of the Eastern District of Oklahoma.  OCDETF is an initiative led, and coordinated by, the Office of the United States Attorney.

The Honorable James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

Updated August 17, 2015

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs