Salisbury man sentenced to over six years in prison for marijuana convictions

Published 5:08 pm Friday, September 27, 2019

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was sentenced this week to serve six to eight years in prison for drug-related offenses.

George Albert Torrence, 31, was convicted in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; felony possession of marijuana; felony possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana; and felony maintaining a vehicle, place or dwelling for trafficking in controlled substances.

Torrence pleaded no contest to his status as a habitual felon. Judge Richard Gottlieb sentenced Torrence to a minimum of 72 months and a maximum of 99 months in prison.

On Jan. 10, officers with the Salisbury Police Department were called to Torrence’s home on Old Plank Road by probation and parole officers. A parole officer found 239 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and a .22 long rifle in his bedroom.

Torrence has previous convictions on charges of felony inciting to riot, felony possession of marijuana and felony attempted possession of a firearm by a felon, among other convictions.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook said she appreciates the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Tim Gould and the Salisbury Police Department on the case.