K-9s locate heroin stash at N. Jackson Street home

Published 1:07 pm Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says a multi-agency investigation led them to a stash of heroin at a Salisbury home. A K-9 discovered the drugs, weighing in at just over a pound, inside an underground pipe.

On Monday, members of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Salisbury Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations searched a residence at 911 N. Jackson St.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Lepe Garcia, 35, who lived at the home. Garcia is in the Mecklenburg County jail on related charges.

The search was a follow up to law enforcement action in Charlotte earlier in the day.  Investigators used a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing dog to locate a PVC pipe buried in the ground at the right rear corner of the house.

The pipe contained coffee grounds and approximately 530 grams of black tar heroin. The value of the heroin was around $70,000, a statement said.

Investigators located one balloon of heroin, as well as drug records and drug paraphernalia used in the distribution of heroin inside the home.