Faith man sentenced to prison for drug charges

Will serve at least 70 months

Faith man sentenced to prison for drug charges

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Joshua Wayne Eldreth of Faith was convicted on Thursday in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony conspiracy to traffic in heroin and felony sale of methamphetamine.

According to a press release from the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office, Judge Anna Mills Wagoner sentenced Eldreth to a minimum of 70 months to a maximum of 93 months in prison, and ordered a $50,000 fine against him.

During the course of an ongoing investigation, detectives received information that individuals were traveling to Charlotte and returning to Rowan County with illegal narcotics, including heroin and methamphetamine.

In 2017, an undercover detective purchased 1 gram of methamphetamine from Eldreth in exchange for $100.

Following the execution of a search warrant in the investigation, detectives found approximately 47 grams of heroin in co-defendant Grady Edward Austin, Jr.’s pants pocket, along with over $2,000 cash, firearms, and ammunition.

Austin, Jr. was previously convicted in this matter and sentenced to a minimum of 225 months (18.75 years) to a maximum of 282 months (23.5 years) in prison.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook thanked Assistant District Attorney Barrett Poppler and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in seeing that Eldreth was brought to justice.

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