Weed-Smuggling Ice Agent Jason Lowery Held Without Bail

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Jason Lowery
Jason Alistair Lowery, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer who was busted in a marijuana smuggling sting last week -- and then led authorities on a high-speed chase through the desert while throwing bundles of weed out of his ICE-owned vehicle -- is to be held without bail, a federal magistrate ruled today.

Federal magistrate Edward Voss made the ruling this morning, after determining that Lowery is a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Carrick Cook explained the sting to New Times last week. He says DPS had been monitoring Lowery for several weeks after a known smuggler tipped off authorities that he was working with a law enforcement official.

"Initially, we kind of dismissed [the smuggler's claims]," Cook says. "Independent sources found out later that the information was credible."

Cook says that after monitoring Lowery for several weeks, authorities stashed 23 bundles of weed in the desert in the Vekol Valley, about 45 minutes South of Phoenix. Officers watched as Lowery loaded 14 of the 23 bundles into his government-owned vehicle and took off.

Cook wouldn't say how Lowery knew the weed would be there, but says the information was disseminated through the proper channels.

When police attempted to pull him over, Lowery stopped briefly before taking off into the desert, Cook says.

The chase reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour, and Lowery was seen throwing 10 of the 14 bails of marijuana out of the vehicle as he attempted to evade law enforcement.

The chase came to an end when Lowery flipped the vehicle he was driving, and surrendered to police.

Authorities believe Lowery was taking the weed to the home of 33-year-old Joshua Duane Powell, of Arizona City, who is currently out on bail for other felony charges. According to Cook, Powell already faces "decades in prison" for his previous crimes.

According to DPS documents first obtained by the Associated Press, Powell was previously arrested after a separate investigation last month turned up multiple bulletproof vests, weapons, stolen night-vision equipment, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and various drugs inside his home.

According to document, "since [Powell's] release only a few weeks ago, he has amassed a small arsenal of weapons and has proven to continue involvement in the illicit drug trade."

When police searched Powell's home yesterday, they found 14 rifles and guns in the trunk of his car, seven of which had been reported stolen.

Lowery was booked into Pima County jail on charges of smuggling and felony flight. Powell was also booked into jail on similar charges.

ICE spokesman Vinnie Picard issued a statement about Lowery's arrest, saying "ICE is cooperating with federal and state authorities in this matter. We hold our officers and agents to the highest levels of responsibility and are committed to supporting the agencies investigating this incident."

Lowery's pleaded not guilty to all charges..
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ebt
ebt

i know and love josh powell and he is seriously misrepresented . please pray for him, he has been set up.

heather
heather

Setup? How? Did they plant stolen guns and police equipment in his house both times?Why would they waste their time on this loser>

Smh6669
Smh6669

How nice.I seem to recall the story of a sergeant who was the head dude at the Douglas port of entry. I say "was" because he is currently a resident of a federal prison in St. Louis, Missouri, maybe halfway through his 10year sentence by now.This protector of the international border, employed by the INS, was a little too flexible in his decisions as to who he allowed entry into our perpetually vulnerable country. This was especially true for all those pesky furinners who arrived at the gate with an acceptable "entry fee"... U.S. cash of oh, say, $2,000.00.This sergeant, in an act of post conviction repentance, ran his mouth big time for the AZ. Republic's Sunday paper. An interview he gave from his cell. He confessed to multiple acts of conspiring to let the undocumented - and sometimes, the unwelcome, into the country.Jan Brewer & Sheriffs Joe Arpaio & Paul Baboon have media whored their ways to success by harrassing, and even terrorizing the second most populace ethnic division in our state and our country. But that's all for show, of course. Mexicans are not the interlopers we need be worried about. Mexicans arrive here as covertly as possible, traveling on foot over the unobliging desert floor... not motoring up to the P.O.E. in a 4X4 Chevy Suburban, with the windows blacked out and envelopes stuffed with U.S. currency to bribe the all too cooperative copper on duty.Border cop dude related the tale of how, on one occasion, he let his 6 y.o. son, who he'd brought to work with him, accept a $100.00 "tip" from some guy who was sneaking into the country. The guy thought the kid was cute. Uh huh !Now he didn't admit in his criminal biography to the Republic how he got caught, but it was in the aftermath of one such incident in which the sarge looked the other way while three men in a late model 4X4 Suburban, with California plates, drive into the country, and the ever helpful sarge even directed them to use the service road that led to Tucson, keeping them off the Interstate and away from those nosey DPS cops. And all this tidiness for the super low price of just 25 $100 bills. Who were these guys in the Suburban ? Bet your ass they didn't come here to pick cabbage or start a Jan Brewer fan club.According to Sarge, who was repentent not for what he'd done so much as for getting caught doing it, this type of thing occurs more often than anyone in Homeland Security Dept. will admit to.No doubt...I sure wish John McCain would get busy on that dang fence: )  : )  : )

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