A Mooresville man described by authorities as one of the most prominent heroin dealers in Iredell County was arrested earlier this week by detectives, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators say the suspect had links to heroin dealers in Charlotte, and they say the case is leading them to more than 20 other people involved in the drug ring.
Barry Dwayne Bowles, 29, was taken into custody Tuesday at a busy Mooresville shopping center, according to deputies. He was charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of a controlled substance.
Sheriff’s detectives say they heard from several sources that a man, identified as Bowles, was among the leading dealers of black tar heroin. Surveillance and interviews with witnesses indicated that Bowles would be bringing a large quantity of heroin to the shopping center for sale Tuesday.
Investigators say they confiscated nearly 1 ounce of black tar heroin, along with other heroin-related items. The heroin has a street value of more than $5,000.
“To date, this is one of the largest black tar heroin seizures in the history of Iredell County,” according to Sheriff Phil Redmond.
Redmond said detectives also have linked Bowles to another ongoing investigation of heroin and other drugs being sold in southern Iredell County. Bowles was jailed under $75,000 bond.
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