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Landlord pleads guilty to accepting drugs for rent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Huntington man who admitted he sold prescription pills and took drugs from his tenants in lieu of rent faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Jerry Lowe, 46, appeared Monday before U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers to plead guilty to distributing oxycodone.

Lowe admitted before the court that he sold three 30-milligram oxycodone tablets for $90, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office. He also admitted to receiving an additional $210 from a prior drug-related debt.

Lowe was the former landlord of convicted felons Rafael Cee-Erwin Solomon, 31, of Detroit, and Shawna Danielle Lee, 26, of Huntington. He said he typically received heroin or prescription pills from the two as rent payments, according to the statement.

Solomon was sentenced in December to 11 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone and oxymorphone. Lee was sentenced in September to one year and six months for maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone and oxymorphone.

In addition to prison time, Lowe also faces a fine of up to $1 million when he is sentenced on June 24.

The Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory McVey handled prosecution.


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