According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Rowell distributed over 5 grams of pure methamphetamine. The case began with an investigation by the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force, which conducted a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from the Defendant. Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration provided assistance and, on April 11, 2013, Rowell distributed 24.6 grams of pure methamphetamine.
Michael C. Ormsby said, "This prosecution is yet another example of the cooperation between members of the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration in the Tri-Cities. The corrosive effects of methamphetamine upon the community are well known. These state and federal law enforcement officers work together every day to investigate drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Washington and work closely with the United States Attorney's Office to prosecute aggressively individuals involved in such criminal activity."
This investigation was conducted by the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the prosecution was coordinated by Task Force Officer Kevin Barton. This case was prosecuted by Alexander C. Ekstrom, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.