DA Says Drug Bust Is Largest She's Seen

DA Says Drug Bust Is Largest She's Seen

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Jefferson County's district attorney says it's the biggest drug bust she's seen in 20 years.

The Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force executed a warrant on 28 year old Andrew Rowley of Watertown last week.

Officers seized more than half a kilo of cocaine, around four pounds of suspected MDMA, better known as ecstasy, and more than $100,000.

Officials say the street value of the seized drugs is more than $220,000.

"As far as the cocaine that was seized, it's the second biggest one that I've seen in 20 years," DA Kristyna Mills said. "As far as the entirety of it, it's probably the biggest one that I've seen in 20 years."

Police say most of the money and MDMA was seized from a safe Rowley was keeping at his parents' home in the town of LeRay.

Officials say it's unclear if the parents knew what was going on with their son, but they are cooperating fully with the investigation.

Rowley is charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for the cocaine and police say additional charges are pending.

"Taking one more drug dealer off the street is always a good day in the police world...When you hear Class A1 felony, it doesn't get more serious than that," said Sheriff Colleen O'Neill.

Rowley is being held without bail in the county jail.

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