A man pulled over by Pineville police for suspected drunken driving has been sentenced to up to 80 months in prison, after investigators found items used for trafficking heroin in the car.
The case of Andres Vasquez, 21, was among 37 cases resolved in Superior Court last week by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Drug Team.
Vasquez pleaded guilty to attempted trafficking in heroin by possession, attempted trafficking in heroin by transportation. Pineville police said they pulled him over in October 2014 for suspected impaired driving, and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the car. He admitted he had previously smoked marijuana and consumed oxycodone.
Police searched his car and found a digital scale with black tar heroin residue, $681 in cash, and 24.97 grams of black tar heroin, leading to the charges.
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Among the other defendants sent to prison were in the past week:
Edwin Betancourt, 29, was sentenced to 90 to 120 months in prison for trafficking in heroin by transportation.
Thomas Hansford, 58, was sentenced to 70-93 months in prison for trafficking in methamphetamine by possession.
Jamie Hildreth, 39, was sentenced to 44-65 months in prison for trafficking in heroin by possession.
Octaviano Mendoza, 52, was sentenced to 25-39 months in prison for conspiracy to traffic in marijuana by possession.
Almost all guilty pleas entered in criminal administrative court are the result of an agreed upon plea arrangement between the state and the defendant, which is then approved by the sentencing judge.