Salisbury man sentenced to 10 years in prison

Published 10:52 am Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SALISBURY — John Wayne Gray Jr. of Salisbury was convicted Monday in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of two counts of felony trafficking in heroin by possession and transportation.

Judge Anna Mills Wagoner sentenced Gray to two consecutive sentences of a minimum of 90 months to a maximum of 120 months in prison. He was ordered to pay a fine of $200,000.

During the course of an ongoing investigation, detectives with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office began direct negotiations with Gray for the purchase of heroin.

On Nov. 29, 2016, an undercover officer with the Sheriff’s Office bought 43 grams of heroin from Gray for $5,000, authorities say.

After the undercover purchase, detectives searched a room in a residence belonging to Gray. They found $486, 3 grams of heroin, syringes, 36 oxycodone tablets, two alprazolam tablets, a shotgun and ammunition.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook thanked Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in seeing that Gray was brought to justice. Cook said that heroin continues to have a destructive impact on the community, and her office will continue to hold those who sell illegal narcotics accountable.