Human Trafficking Operation Uncovered During Investigation of Theft
On February 26th, 2020, Deputy Stump of the KCSO contacted a vehicle for traveling 100 MPH on US Highway 287. During the traffic stop, Deputy Stump was advised the vehicle was stolen out of Lubbock, Texas. Logan Rice, Christopher Owen, and Jocelyn McDowell, all from Lubbock, Texas, were arrested for motor vehicle theft over $20,000.00 and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During the investigation of the stolen vehicle, a possible drug and human trafficking operation was uncovered. The crimes are being investigated by the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies in the jurisdiction where the crimes are being committed. Rice, Owen, and McDowell are each being held on $10,000 bond.
Both Owen and McDowell are scheduled to appear in Kiowa County District Court on March 5 where 2 hearings will be held for each defendant, including appearance of counsel and a hearing on his/her bond. Logan Rice is ordered to appear on March 5 for appearance of counsel.
Prowers County District Attorney, Josh Vogel, has indicated the arrests charges do not include any human trafficking charges.