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Charlotte man convicted in Rowan of drug trafficking

SALISBURY — A Charlotte man was convicted in Rowan Superior Court Tuesday of nine counts of felony trafficking opium/heroin and one count of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin.

Judge Anna Mills Wagoner sentenced Luis Alberto Nolasco-Garcia, 29, to an active prison sentence of a minimum of 90 months to a maximum of 120 months. He was ordered to pay a mandatory fine of $100,000, a $600 lab fee, and court-appointed attorney’s fees. Nolasco-Garcia will be deported once he has served his prison sentence in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections, a statement said.

On Aug. 20, 2014, Rowan County Sheriff’s detectives met with an undercover informant and received information that a Hispanic male, later identified as Nolasco-Garcia, was coming to Rowan County from Charlotte to sell heroin.

The undercover informant met Nolasco-Garcia and bought heroin from him. On Sept. 5, 2014, and Oct. 3, 2014, detectives used an undercover informant to purchase 18 grams and 21 grams of heroin from Nolasco-Garcia.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said in 2014 all of the sales happened in the Enochville area of southern Rowan County. Investigators also said at that time Nolasco-Garcia sold both powder heroin and black tar heroin to undercover detectives.

“The widespread illegal use of heroin in the state is a concern for all citizens. The District Attorney’s Office will continue to hold those who sell illegal narcotics accountable for their actions,” Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook said in a news release.

Cook said she appreciated “the joint effort on behalf of Assistant District Attorney Tim Gould and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in bringing Nolasco-Garcia to justice.”

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