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Catawba man convicted of cocaine trafficking

NEWTON -- A Newton man will serve up to seven years in prison after being convicted this week of cocaine trafficking, the Catawba County District Attorney’s office says.

Taji Shareef Haqq, 30, was convicted by a jury that deliberated about eight hours over two days. He was sentenced by Judge Timothy Kincaid to between 70 and 84 months in state prison, along with a $50,000 fine. He was convicted on charges of trafficking cocaine by possession and trafficking cocaine by sale.

Haqq had been arrested in July 2011 by detectives from Catawba and Lincoln counties.

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