17-year-old accused heroin dealer charged with probation violation
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 9, 2012
By Nathan Hardin
SALISBURY — Authorities said a 17-year-old accused heroin dealer is back in jail after failing a urine test at his probation office.
Brandon Rumple, of Carter Street in Enochville, was convicted Jan. 20 of selling heroin or other opiate-derivative drugs.
He was sentenced to 30 months probation.
Rumple was in jail this afternoon under no bond. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said Rumple tested positive for opium Tuesday and was immediately taken into custody by a probation officer.
Rumple is believed to be the head of a large heroin operation in the Enochville area, authorities say.
The 17-year-old was arrested at his apartment near Concord Mills last month, deputies said. Authorities seized 211 grams, or 7.5 ounces, of “black tar” heroin and a loaded handgun during the raid.
Rumple is facing charges of felony trafficking heroin, felony conspiring to sell heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin in Cabarrus County. In Rowan, he faces a previous count of misdemeanor probation violation, misdemeanor violation of a court order, two counts of driving without a license and reckless driving.