On July 20, 2021, Adrian Bowen, age 29, of Salisbury, Maryland, pleaded guilty to and was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, possession of cocaine and violating probation.
The Honorable D. William Simpson, Senior Judge of the First Judicial Circuit, sentenced Bowen to twelve (12) years in the Division of Corrections.
Bowens arrest came as a result of a lengthy investigation conducted by the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force. On June 26, 2019, local authorities arrested Bowen and found him in possession of fentanyl, cocaine and a large amount of US Currency.
At the time of Bowen’s arrest, he was still on probation for two separate 2016 convictions for possession with the intent to distribute narcotics. In one of those incidents, Adrian Bowen was sentenced to 13 years in prison with all but 3 years suspended.
In the second incident, Bowen was sentenced to 7 years with all but 2 years suspended. It should also be noted in that same year, Bowen was also convicted of another drug charge where he was sentenced to 2 years and all of the sentence was suspended.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie L Dykes specifically thanked the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force and the Maryland State Police Special Operations Unit for their efforts in this investigation.
SA Dykes also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, Patrizia J. Coleua. who prosecuted this case.
SA Dykes said “Sadly, deaths as a result of opioids, including fentanyl, are on the rise. Those who deal fentanyl in our community should know that they will be identified, investigated and prosecuted.”
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