Mooresville man convicted of drug trafficking, to serve over 5 years in prison

Published 4:25 pm Monday, June 12, 2017

SALISBURY — A Mooresville man was convicted late last week of drug trafficking offenses and was sentenced to over five years in prison. Ibn Khalif Thompson, 30, was convicted on June 8 in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of nine counts of felony trafficking in opium/heroin, one count of felony conspiracy to traffic in opium/heroin, one count of felony sell/deliver scheduled III controlled substance, and one count of felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance, according to a statement from Rowan District Attorney Brandy Cook.

Judge Anna Mills Wagoner sentenced Thompson to a minimum of 70 months to a maximum of 93 months in prison, or 5.8 years to 7.75 years. Thompson was also ordered to pay a $50,000 mandatory fine.

Officials said on Nov. 13, 2014, Dec. 3, 2014, and May 21, 2015, detectives with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office used an undercover detective to meet with Thompson. On Nov. 13, 2014, the undercover detective was provided $150 and bought 15 oxycodone pills from Thompson in exchange for the money.

On Dec. 4, 2014, the undercover detective was provided $320 and purchased 40 hydrocodone pills from Thompson in exchange for the money. On May 21, 2015, the undercover detective was provided $210 and bought 29 percocet pills from Thompson in exchange for the money.

On June 29, 2015, the undercover detective was provided $320 and purchased 40 oxycodone pills from Thompson in exchange for the money.  Detectives arrested Thompson after this exchange, the statement said.

Cook said she appreciated the joint effort on behalf of Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in holding Thompson accountable for his criminal conduct.

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