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Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond says his deputies have nabbed one of the most prominent heroin dealers in the county.
Detectives with the Sheriff's Office say they were tipped off and spent months watching 29-year-old Barry Dwayne Bowles of Mooresville.
When they learned that Bowles would be bring a large shipment of heroin into the county to sell at a busy shopping center in Mooresville, they took him down, according to the news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies seized nearly an ounce of black tar heroin as well as several items related to heroin distribution.
It's one of the largest black tar heroin seizures in the history of Iredell County, according to the release.
Investigators say with the arrest of Bowles they have been able to identify at least 20 other people connected to the heroin distribution ring in Iredell County. Bowles has also been connected to another ongoing investigation of heroin and other dangerous narcotics being sold in the southern part of Iredell County, according to the release.
Deputies say that the heroin in Bowles possession was purchased from Charlotte affiliated individuals. The heroin seized has a street value of over $5,000.
Bowles was charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of a controlled substance, according to the release.
Bowles is being held at the Iredell County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.