Rowan County man charged with trafficking heroin

Published 10:19 am Friday, August 26, 2016

A two-month long investigation came to a close Wednesday after deputies arrested David Michael Yarboro, 43, for trafficking heroin.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Salisbury Police Department, began investigating Yarboro in July after  receiving information that he was actively involved in the trafficking of heroin and opioid pain medications.

On July 19 and Aug. 4, an undercover deputy bought significant amounts of heroin from Yarboro. Yarboro was charged with three counts of trafficking heroin by sale, possession and transportation, one count of sale and delivery of heroin and one count of selling heroin. Yarboro was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office notes that it and its local partners have seen a significant rise in heroin and opioid investigations during the past several years. Law enforcement and emergency responders have received numerous calls for service concerning opioid overdoses and overdose deaths.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to dispense of unused medications, particularly opioids, at drop boxes available to the public at law enforcement agencies in the county and the Rowan County Health Department. There is also a community-wide event scheduled on Oct. 12 with the Rowan County Office of Environmental Management to take in unused medication at their location at 1102 North Long St., East Spencer. That event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.