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Newton man convicted of drug; larceny charges

Brian Duane Martz, 34, of Newton, was convicted on charges of possession of cocaine, attempted larceny and two counts habitual felon status by Catawba County Criminal Superior Court earlier this week.

Martz was sentenced to no less than 52 months and no more than 88 months in the N.C. Division of Adult Correction, according to a press release from the state’s General Court of Justice 25th Prosecutorial District.

Officials say the crimes occurred in January 2012 and January 2013 in Catawba County and the City of Hickory. The possession of cocaine case came from a traffic stop on U.S. 70 in which Martz was the passenger in the vehicle. The attempted larceny resulted from an attempted theft of a local used automotive dealer in Hickory, according to the release.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol and Hickory Police Department handled the respective investigations. Chief Assistant District Attorney Clifton Smith prosecuted the case and the Honorable H. William Constangy, Jr. presided over the convictions.

Martz will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

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