Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman announced the conviction and sentencing of Carson Rowe. Rowe, 47, of San Pierre plead guilty in Marshall County Superior Court No. 1 on one count of Conspiracy to Commit Dealing Methamphetamine as a Level 4 Felony. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier and Rowe’s attorney, Christopher Berdahl, arrived at an agreement which Judge Robert O. Bowen accepted in open court on July 9, 2020.
The case began on January 23, 2019 when the Marshall County Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team (UNIT) began an undercover operation to purchase methamphetamine. During the undercover operation, Rowe actively participated and assisted Kelly Rowe in providing methamphetamine to UNIT officers and/or their confidential informants in Marshall County. The purchased substance weighed approximately 5.5 grams and field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Laboratory testing later confirmed that what Rowe conspired to sell was indeed methamphetamine.
Judge Bowen, upon accepting the plea agreement, sentenced Rowe a six (6) year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction with five (5) of the years in prison and one (1) year of supervised release upon completion of the prison time.
Chief Deputy Napier stated: “It is not uncommon that people believe a limited role in a drug deal relieves them of criminal liability. However, Carson Rowe actively participated and assisted his co-defendant in the delivery of methamphetamine. The UNIT conducted an outstanding, thorough investigation that documented the transaction from beginning to end with digitally recorded equipment. Drug dealers need to know that these cases are taken extremely seriously as they directly affect the level of safety in a community.”