An Elkhorn City man who allegedly fled from authorities during his trial on drug trafficking charges was arrested this week and is now facing new felony charges.
According to an indictment handed down by a Pike grand jury on Monday, James Rowe, 38, of Second Street, Elkhorn City, is facing charges of first-degree bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree. According to the booking log at the Pike County Detention Center, Rowe was lodged in the jail Monday after having been on-the-run for more than a month.
Assistant Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Smith told the News-Express that Rowe was arrested in Mount Sterling by the Mount Sterling Police Department. Smith said Rowe has pending drug trafficking charges in Mount Sterling stemming from events which took place there last year.
In a previous interview, Smith told the News-Express that Rowe attended the first day of his trial in Pike County on drug trafficking and other charges on April 29, but failed to show up for the second day of the proceedings. Smith said Rowe was convicted in the trial on the second day not on the trafficking charges, but on two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance — one each for possession of methamphetamine and possession of fentanyl — as well as charges of marijuana possession and first-degree promoting contraband. Rowe was also convicted for being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.
The charges stem from a July 2016 traffic stop during which Rowe was arrested on active warrants, and was later charged with promoting contraband after meth and fentanyl were found in his underwear as he was being booked into the Pike County Detention Center.
The jury in the April trial recommended Rowe serve 20 years in prison after handing down a guilty verdict.
Rowe remains lodged in the Pike County Detention Center and is being held without bond.