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10-Time Felon from Indianapolis Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

TERRE HAUTE – Varonique Lowe, 44, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to twelve years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on September 29, 2021, Lowe was arrested in Terre Haute, Indiana, following a traffic stop. Lowe, who was driving the vehicle, stated she did not have a valid driver’s license. When the officer approached initially approached Lowe’s vehicle, he noticed the smell of burnt marijuana. A police K9 was called in to perform a narcotics search of Lowe’s vehicle, which resulted in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle revealed 768 grams of pure methamphetamine found inside of an Igloo cooler. Lowe admitted to possessing the methamphetamine with the intent to sell it to others. There were also two minor children in Lowe’s vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.

Lowe has 10 prior felony and 21 misdemeanor convictions in California, including six convictions relating to the sale of controlled substances and assault with a deadly weapon.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office, made the announcement.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Terre Haute Police Department investigated the case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. As part of the sentence, Judge Stinson ordered that Lowe be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for five years following her release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela S. Domash who prosecuted this case.

Updated September 22, 2022

Drug Trafficking