UPDATE: Huntington Landlord Sentenced on Federal Drug Charge

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 6/24/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington landlord who accepted illegal drugs as payment for monthly rent fees was sentenced Monday to three years and 10 months in a federal prison on an oxycodone charge.

Jerry A. Lowe, 46, pleaded guilty to the charge in March.

Prosecutors say that in March 2012, Lowe sold three 30-milligram oxycodone tablets in exchange for $90.

They also say that Lowe previously leased a rental housing unit to convicted felons Rafael Cee-Erwin Solomon, 31, of Detroit, and Shawna Danielle Lee, 26, of Huntington.

Lowe told police that he typically received heroin or prescription painkillers from Solomon and Lee as payment for monthly rent.

Lowe said he also purchased oxycodone pills from another resident at the Highlawn Avenue apartment complex. In addition, Lowe sold at least 10 “Norco” brand oxycodone pills once a month. Lowe sold the oxycodone pills for approximately two years.

During a traffic stop of Lowe’s vehicle in June 2012, law enforcement officers said they found 1.1 grams of heroin in his possession.

Solomon was sentenced in December 2012 to 11 years and three months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone, and oxymorphone.

Danielle Lee was sentenced in September 2012 to one year and six months in federal prison for maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing crack cocaine, cocaine, oxycodone and oxymorphone.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/25/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington landlord pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to distribution of a quantity of oxycodone, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office.

Jerry A. Lowe, 46, admitted that on March 16 he sold three 30-milligram oxycodone tablets in exchange for $90. Lowe also admitted to receiving an additional $210 from a prior drug-related debt.

Lowe was the former landlord of convicted felons Rafael Cee-Erwin Solomon, 31, of Detroit and Shawna Danielle Lee, 26, of Huntington.

Lowe admitted that he typically received heroin or prescription painkillers from Solomon and Lee as payment for monthly rent expenses. Lowe also admitted that he purchased oxycodone pills from another individual who lived at the Highlawn Avenue residence at the time.

Solomon was previously sentenced in December to 11 years and three months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. Solomon’s co-defendant Lee, was also previously sentenced in September 2012 to one year and six months in federal prison for maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing crack cocaine, cocaine, oxycodone and oxymorphone

On June 13, 2012, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop of the defendant’s vehicle. During the stop, officers found the defendant in possession of 1.1 grams of heroin.

Lowe faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced June 24 by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.


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