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Three indicted for shipping methamphetamine from California to Akron

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

An Akron man and two from California were indicted for a methamphetamine conspiracy, said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.


Jonathan Dowdell, 32, of Akron, Dwan Dowdell, 31, and Justin Jones, 26, both of San Bernardino, California were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute approximately 900 grams of methamphetamine.


They were arrested by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on Feb. 15 for shipping approximately 900 grams of methamphetamine from California to Akron, according to court documents.


If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.


This case was investigated the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigation/ICE, Cleveland Police Department, Akron Police Department and Summit County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. States Attorney Teresa Riley.


An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 15, 2017

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