EC man convicted of shipping 5 pounds of marijuana

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October 29 – EAU CLAIRE – A man from Eau Claire will spend two years on probation for attempting to have 5 pounds of marijuana shipped via Federal Express.

Jacob E. Bowe, 37, 2724 South Slope Terrace, has not argued any challenges this week in Eau Claire County Court to one count of conspiracy to commit possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Judge Sarah Harless fined Bowe $ 518.

As conditions of probation, Bowe must maintain absolute sobriety and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and any recommended program or treatment.

Bowe also cannot have contact with known traffickers or drug users.

According to the criminal complaint:

The West Central Drug Task Force has been contacted by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport Police Department on October 13, 2020, regarding a suspicious package that had passed through the airport via Federal Express. The package was shipped from Woodland Park, Colorado, and destined for a residence in Eau Claire.

Authorities located the package at a Federal Express sorting center in Eau Claire.

A drug detector dog showed a positive alert to the presence of drugs in the package. An investigator picked up the package and detected a smell of raw marijuana.

An investigator took possession of the package.

The investigator contacted Bowe about the package and said he was from Federal Express and there were problems with the delivery of the package.

Bowe agreed to meet with the investigator, whom he believed to be a Federal Express employee.

The investigator met Bowe and immediately identified himself as a law enforcement officer.

Bowe asked what was wrong with the package. The investigator said it smelled like marijuana and asked Bowe to be honest.

Bowe denied ownership of the package and that he was only there to pick it up.

Bowe then said there could be 2-5 pounds of marijuana inside the package.

Bowe said the package “is coming to town for everyone.”

Bowe said a lot of the people he supplied marijuana to were cancer patients, so he felt justified in selling marijuana because he was doing the right thing.

Bowe has stated that he is not going to quit smoking marijuana but that he would like to stop selling the drug.

Investigators opened the package and found five vacuum-sealed bags containing a total of 5 pounds of marijuana.

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