Five Members of a Methamphetamine and Cocaine Distribution Ring Charged with Drug Trafficking Offenses
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Arthur Rowland, a/k/a “Bo,” 41, of Philadelphia, PA, was convicted after trial of multiple narcotics offenses, along with his earlier conviction for being a felon-in-possession of a firearm, arising from his participation in a large scale interstate methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.
In December 2018, the defendant was arrested pursuant to an Indictment charging him and four other individuals with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and related charges. Ultimately, a second Superseding Indictment charged Rowland and five others with participating in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that acquired hundreds of pounds of Mexican methamphetamine in Los Angeles, shipped the illegal narcotics back to the Philadelphia area for distribution here, and in turn transferred many thousands of dollars back to the California-based sellers to pay for that methamphetamine. In addition to the drug conspiracy, Rowland was also charged with possessing with intent to distribute about nine pounds of methamphetamine from packages that he had shipped to multiple Philadelphia-area locations, and with possessing two AK-47 style assault type weapons and a semi-automatic handgun while being a felon, and with using those same weapons in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.
“Rowland and his co-conspirators shipped tons of drugs from one end of this country to the other through a large and sophisticated trafficking enterprise,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “Today’s conviction demonstrates our Office’s commitment to taking down these types of criminal organizations and cutting off the supply of deadly drugs in order to keep our communities safe.”
“Arthur Rowland was part of a conspiracy that saw vast amounts of meth brought into and sold in the Philadelphia area,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “This conviction is a win for the FBI and all of our partners as we work together to get dangerous drugs and criminals off the street. The ultimate goal here is to eliminate the drug trade and concomitant gun violence plaguing so many communities.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul Shapiro and Timothy Stengel.
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