Rowan man gets 20 years in prison for drug trafficking

Rowan man gets 20 years in prison for drug trafficking

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A Salisbury man was sentenced to twenty years in prison for drug trafficking.

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

Judge Anna Mills Wagoner sentenced Gray, Jr. to two consecutive sentences of a minimum of 90 months to a maximum of 120 months in prison, and ordered a fine of $200,000 as a civil judgment against him.

During the course of an ongoing investigation, detectives with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office began dealing with Gray, Jr. for the purchase of heroin.

On November 29, 2016, an undercover officer purchased 43 grams of heroin from Gray, Jr. in exchange for $5,000.

Following the undercover purchase, detectives searched a room in a residence belonging to Gray, Jr.  They located $486.00, 3 grams of heroin, syringes, 36 Oxycodone tablets, 2 Alprazolam tablets, a shotgun and ammo.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook thanked Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler and the Rowan County Sheriff's Office in seeing that Gray, Jr. was brought to justice.

Cook stated that heroin continues to have a destructive impact on the citizens in our community and as a result, her office will continue to hold those who sell illegal narcotics accountable for their actions.

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