Rowlette enters guilty plea in ’17 case

An Independence woman was given probation after pleading guilty to drug charges in Platte County.

Coy Alexiss Rowlette, 22, was placed on four years of probation, ordered to complete 100 hours of community service within the first two years of probation and to submit to random drug tests after entering a guilty plea on a charge of possession of a controlled substance on March 8.

Rowlette and Dennis Meers, 38, St. Joseph were arrested by the Riverside Police Department on Dec. 14 at Argosy Casino.

Surveillance video showed the two allegedly using drugs in the parking lot. When contacted, Rowlette was observed reaching under the driver’s seat and was ordered to stop three times. She and the passenger, Meers, were ordered to exit the vehicle.

Meers admitted to shooting heroin, according to court documents. He said the drugs were his and he was injecting it into his right arm. Blood was observed from a recent injection site.

A search of the vehicle recovered four syringes with a brown liquid inside, a metal spoon with burnt residue and a clear plastic bag with aluminum foil that had a black tar substance inside.

A white glass marijuana pipe was located in the center console and another syringe was located between the seats. It contained a brown liquid.

Rowlette denied the drugs were hers and both declined to give a statements after being transported to Riverside PD.

The black tar tested positive for heroin and the syringe contained heroin with fentanyl compound or methamphetamine.

Meers was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. A failure to appear warrant was issued on Feb. 13.

A not guilty plea was entered on Dec. 15, 2017.