Authorities from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics this week announced a Welling man was found guilty of drug conspiracy and interstate travel or transportation in the aid of racketeering enterprises. He’s accused of having a lead role in illegally obtaining some 28,000 Oxycodone pills in various states.
Federal jurors found Ian Alexander Bowline, 29, guilty and recommended he pay more than a quarter of a million dollars as his judgment. Authorities said the $236,700 represents the amount equal to the value of Oxycodone pills he diverted.
Authorities served a warrant at Bowline’s home nearly two years ago, and believed he had been leading a group since about 2010 to obtain Oxycodone through false prescriptions, which Bowline had manufactured himself. Those false prescriptions were then given to other people, who presented the documents to pharmacies in order to receive between 90 and 120 Oxycodone pills each time.
Bowline’s fake prescriptions were printed on watermarked paper that physicians use, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
Bowline was accused of buying physician license numbers and paper over the Internet.
According to authorities, the fake prescriptions were used at pharmacies in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.
When agents served a warrant at Bowline’s home in May of 2013, they took possession of a computer, a laptop, and thumb drives that OBN agents say had 90 blank prescriptions in a format that was used for printing the documents. There were also 50 completed prescriptions that had been illegally passed at pharmacies in several states, the OBN said in a press release.
Evidence presented during the trial suggested Bowline was able to divert some 28,000 Oxycodone.
Authorities from the OBN and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force headed up the investigation.
“Addiction to heroin and other opiates – including certain prescription pain-killers – is impacting the lives of Americans in every state, in every region, and from every background and walk of life – and all too often, with deadly results,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press release. “Between 2006 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths increased by 45 percent. Scientific studies, federal, state and local investigations, addiction treatment providers, and victims reveal that the cycle of heroin abuse commonly begins with prescription opiate abuse. The transition to – and increase in – heroin abuse is a sad but not unpredictable symptom of the significant increase in prescription drug abuse we’ve seen over the past decade.”
Bowline will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence report. He is now in custody of the U.S. Marshal Service pending his formal sentencing.
Bowline could spend up to 20 years in prison and be ordered to pay up to a $1 million fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shannon Henson and Rob Wallace prosecuted the case.