Three Generations in Family Charged in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
DEC 16 --PHOENIX - A federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a six-count superseding indictment against Kingsley Lloyd Bowen, 66, of Brooklyn, New York; Sandra Marie Bowen, 40, of Chandler, Ariz.; Dillon Ornim Clarke, 22, of Brooklyn, New York; and Christopher Anthony Williams, 35, of Chandler. The superseding indictment charges them with Conspiracy to Possess Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments, Laundering of Monetary Instruments, Conspiracy to Destroy or Remove Property to Prevent Seizure, and Destruction or Removal of Property to Prevent Seizure.
According to the superseding indictment Kingsley Bowen is the father of Sandra Bowen, Sandra Bowen is Clarke’s mother, and Williams is Sandra Bowen’s boyfriend. The four are alleged to be members of a drug trafficking conspiracy which obtained marijuana in Arizona then coordinated the transportation and delivery of the marijuana to New York, New York; Miami, Florida; Cleveland, Ohio; Johnston, Rhode Island; Chester Pike, Pennsylvania; and other locations. Trial is scheduled for March 2, 2010. Kingsley Bowen is under house arrest pending trial. The remaining defendants are detained in federal custody.
“DEA and its partners are successfully striking back at drug traffickers who use Phoenix as a major transshipment point for their criminal operations”, said DEA Special Agent in Charge Elizabeth W. Kempshall. “Thanks to the cooperative success of this investigation, we have identified a significant marijuana distribution organization and disrupted its ability to operate throughout Arizona and beyond.”
The drugs were transported primarily through the use of commercial couriers. Upon arrival to their destination cities, the drugs were resold, still in wholesale quantities, at a price of approximately $700 to $1,100 per pound. Drug ledgers maintained by Sandra Bowen reflect the sale of at least 3,000 kilograms (approximately 6,600 pounds) of marijuana. In order to launder the substantial proceeds of their drug trafficking activities, the defendants allegedly used a network of approximately 15 bank accounts at multiple financial institutions, six of which were opened in the name of two separate shell business organizations that lacked any material operations.
Large cash deposits, each of less than $10,000, were routinely deposited into bank accounts in separate transactions, all in order to avoid transaction reporting requirements applicable to cash deposits in excess of $10,000. Over the course of the conspiracy, the conspirators laundered approximately $700,000 in drug trafficking proceeds. After law enforcement officers arrested Sandra Marie Bowen and Christopher Anthony Williams, Kingsley Lloyd Bowen and Dillon Ornim Clarke removed evidence from the Chandler residence of Sandra Marie Bowen and Christopher Anthony Williams.
A conviction on the drug trafficking charges carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $4,000,000 fine, or both. A conviction on the money laundering charges carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine, or both. A conviction for the destruction/removal of property charges carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. In determining actual sentence, Judge Susan R. Bolton will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.
An indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Mesa Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by Kory A. Langhofer and Glenn B. McCormick, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.