Chicago Man Sentenced for Selling Heroin in Michigan

A Chicago man will spend the next five years behind bars for selling heroin in the Upper Peninsula.  

31-year-old Raymond Bowser pleaded guilty to distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of a playground in December.   

The charge stems from a drug investigation by the Gogebic-Iron Area Narcotics Team. 

The task force made an undercover purchase of heroin from Bowser in Bessemer, Michigan in February of 2015.  

The next day, Bowser was arrested on unrelated domestic violence charges. 

Bowser gave police a fake name and a fake Illinois driver’s license.  He was released on bond and disappeared.  

Police learned Bowser’s real identity and that he had a 2008 federal drug conviction in Minnesota.   Bowser was still on supervised release and was not supposed to leave Minnesota. 

The GIANT team bought heroin from Bowser once again in April of 2015.  

Following the purchase, authorities executed a search warrant at Bowser’s home in Bessemer.  During the search they recovered a brick of heroin, weighing 35 grams. 

Bowser was arrested on State of Michigan charges, and then turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for federal prosecution. 

Before reporting to prison, Bowser will be transported to Douglas County to face heroin-related charges. He will then head to U.S. District Court in Minnesota for violating terms of his supervised release. 

Bowser will serve five years behind bars, and 12 years of supervised release on the federal drug charges. 

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