Wisconsin man faces drug trafficking charges in Mid-Missouri

A warrant has been issued for a Wisconsin man accused of drug trafficking and other offenses in Cole County last year.

Demetrius Rowe, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was charged with accessory-second-degree drug trafficking and unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest for a felony.

A warrant for his arrest was filed Thursday.

A probable cause statement from the Jefferson City Police Department states authorities observed a black Chevy Malibu with Wisconsin plates fail to stop at a red light at the intersection of Dunklin and Monroe streets on June 18, 2022. The driver was also found to not be wearing a seatbelt when stopped by police.

The driver, Rowe, reportedly refused to identify himself and was removed from the vehicle, along with a backseat passenger, when the authorities smelled marijuana from the vehicle. Rowe then gave the officer a name and date of birth that reportedly were not on file.

A search of the car reportedly revealed a large bag of marijuana, a loaded pistol, a rock of suspected methamphetamine, and several small bags of other illegal substances and a few hundred dollars in cash.

Rowe and his passenger fled on foot, escaping arrest at the time.

A further search of the vehicle revealed a loaded AK-47-type pistol, 300 grams of methamphetamine, more bags of marijuana, a jar containing ecstasy pills, and digital scales and baggies.

Court records show Rowe had full-extradition warrants from Wisconsin and has an extensive prior criminal history.