Crime & Courts

Charlotte heroin trafficker gets more than 7 years behind bars

A Charlotte drug trafficker who had 943 grams of heroin in his home was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison last week.

Cristhian Briones-Torres, 24, was sentenced after pleading guilty in Mecklenburg County Superior Court to trafficking in heroin by possession and attempted trafficking in heroin by transportation.

Cristhian Briones-Torres Mecklenburg County jail

A gram of heroin has a street value of $200 in the United States, according to Addiction Resource, which helps people struggling with substance abuse and provides support to their loved ones. That would mean Briones-Torres had $188,600 worth of the drug in his home.

In January, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers saw Briones-Torres selling drugs from his car, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Police followed him, stopped his car and found 22 bags with 43 grams of heroin in his pants, according to prosecutors.

Briones-Torres admitted to selling heroin and told police he had more at home. That’s when police found the 943 grams.

Briones-Torres was among 27 defendants recently convicted by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Drug Team.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak