Gun dealer on drugs

TYLER, TX - A licensed firearms dealer will be serving some jail time after being sentenced for federal gun and drug violations.

Larry Dale Rowan, 47, of Tyler, pleaded guilty back in October, to selling a firearm to a known felon and possessing firearms while he was an unlawful user of methamphetamine. He will be spending 21 months in prison.

According to information presented in court, Rowan had sold a 9mm, semi-automatic pistol to an ATF Confidential Informant after the informant had advised him that the informant had previously been convicted of a felony back in December of 2007.

In February 2008, Rowan was stopped by a Smith County Sheriff's Deputy for a traffic violation and was found to be in possession of two semi-automatic pistols, several bullets and a usable quantity of methamphetamine. When federal agents searched Rowan's Smith County residence in March, with warrant in hand, Rowan advised the agents that he had been using methamphetamine two or three times a day for the last twelve months and that he had used methamphetamine twice the previous evening and once that very morning.