Two Arrested In Crack Cocaine Bust

By: Patrick Claybon
By: Patrick Claybon

A three-week drug investigation culminated over the weekend. It resulted in one of the largest drug confiscations in recent history in Houston County.

Two individuals from Slocomb, 29-year-old Larrick Rowe and 18-year-old Crystal Copeland, were tracked to a hotel suite off Montgomery Highway in Dothan where the two were converting cocaine into crack.

"They were in the process of converting the cocaine hydrochloride, which is the powder cocaine into crack cocaine. Some of this is actually [was] converted; you can see this one cookie is already converted into crack cocaine," said Sheriff Andy Hughes with Houston County.

The sheriff said unfortunately, there was another individual in the room at the time of the bust. The 15-month-old baby girl of the two suspects was also in the suite, without the protection from fumes her father had.

"[There was] a mask to protect himself from cocaine vapors while he was converting the cocaine into crack, and yet they had a small child in the room with no protection whatsoever," Sheriff Hughes added.

Sheriff’s office officials say the bust is indicative of the demand for cocaine in Houston County and in Dothan, and the only way to fight that is to limit the supply as well.

"[There is] a substantial amount of cocaine for this area. We do have these large amounts of cocaine coming into the Dothan, Houston County area; it's just a matter of getting the information to seize these amounts of drugs."

Copeland and Rowe are charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, as well as the chemical endangerment of a child. Both have bonds of $1 million dollars.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in drug investigations. If you want to report any drug activity, give them a call at 677-4882.

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  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    i know tghese two indiviuals and it is just heart breaking to hear about this. i also know their parents. The young man comes from a great home and knew better and was also taught that easy money was not the way to go. The young ladies mother brought her up in the church and i know we all tend to do things that are not Godly in our lives because we are not perfect. But most of all could they have just stopped to think about the childs life they have just distroyed behind their stupidy that could have been prevented. God Bless the parents of the drug makers and the child with drugs in her system that may distroy her lungs for life.
  • by Chris Location: Dothan on May 13, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    The bond was set at just over a million dollars. A man in Enterprise shoots and kills his wife and his bond is $100,000. I'm as against drugs as you can get, but this is silly. Our legal system needs a major overhaul.
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