Alleged Alpha traffickers indicted; arrested in major drug bust

Published 11:00 am Thursday, July 30, 2015

Three people arrested last week in a major drug bust were indicted this week by a Lawrence County grand jury.

James P. Bowles, 31, of 4023 County Road 30, Kitts Hill, was indicted on one second- and one third-degree count of aggravated trafficking in Alpha-PVP, fifth-degree possession of drugs and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and possession of drug abuse instruments.

David Rick Bowles, 60, of 3954 County Road 55, South Point, was indicted on one second-degree and three fifth-degree counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Charlotte Bowles, 33 of 3954 County Road 55, South Point, was indicted on a second-degree count of aggravated trafficking in drugs and a fifth-degree count of permitted drug abuse.

Each had a specification to their indictments in which the grand jury found the group was in possession of about 40 guns and assault rifles and $19,823 in cash.

The three were arrested following the execution of a search warrant by the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, the sheriff’s office and the Coal Grove Police K-9 unit at David Bowles’ home on County Road 55.

At the residence law enforcement found approximately 40 grams of Schedule I drug Alpha PVP with a street value of $10,000; several digital scales; packaging material; the cash and firearms.

The investigation into the alleged sale of Alpha-PVP was a months-long effort and thought by investigators to be one of the main suppliers of the drug in Lawrence County.

Other indictments according to the office of Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson are:

• John D. Large, 36, of 26 Private Drive 1633 County Road 59, Chesapeake, failure to appear;

• Randall L. Wilson Jr., 38, of 3943 Ohio Furnace Road, Ironton, illegal manufacture of drugs and possession of drugs;

• Thomas R. Gillispie, 27, of 1400 County Road 120, South Point, two counts of theft of a firearm;

• William C. Webb II, 29, of 153 Township Road 362, South Point, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and theft;

• Joseph E. Brooks, 49, of Country Hearth Inn room 427, South Point, burglary and possession of drugs;

• Ny-Thau J. Brown, 18, of 38 Township Road 1408 N., South Point, tampering with evidence;

• Fallon C. B. Payne, 20, of 9371 County Road 1, South Point, trafficking in heroin;

• David A. Rann, 21, of 109 Ella St., South Point, six counts of trafficking in heroin;

• Charles Matthew Lewis, 43, of 106 Ferguson St. Apt. 2, South Point, possession of drugs;

• Dustin Tyler Fulks, 21, of 109 Garden Court, South Point, three counts of trafficking in heroin;

• Jennifer E. Maher, 39, of 15510 State Route 243, Chesapeake, receiving stolen property and forgery;

• Shella M. Pennington, 32, of 202 Kentucky 2 Ratliff Road, South Shore, Kentucky, felonious assault;

• Jerry Kitchen, 36, of 14537 State Route 93, Pedro, illegal manufacture of drugs;

• Homer W. Anson, 27, of 96 Private Road 239, South Point, felonious assault and aggravated menacing;

• Bryce A. Butcher, 19, of 3931 County Road 6, Kitts Hill, aggravated vehicular assault and DUI;

• Christopher L. Shope, 31, of 2299 County Road 27, Pedro, criminal trespass;

• Joseph Wilson, 64, of 2812 Erwin Road, Jackson, DUI; and

• Brian Metzler, 42, of 204 Dutey Drive, Coal Grove, possession of drugs.

An indictment is a formal allegation that an individual has committed a crime. The accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.