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A California drug dealer was sentenced Tuesday in Charlotte to more than 10 years in federal prison. Earlier this year, Alberto Gasca pleaded guilty to smuggling heroin from Mexico and distributing it around the country, including Charlotte.

Four Pounds Of Heroin Seized In Lancaster Co.

Feb 11, 2014
Courtesy of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office

A tip from Charlotte police to Lancaster authorities led to the seizure of four pounds of heroin valued at half a million dollars.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division chief Mark Keel says the high price of opiate-based prescription painkillers like oxycotin is making heroin more popular.

"Unfortunately heroin is coming back. We're starting to see more heroin today. And a lot of that has to do with narcotic drugs or prescription drugs that people are getting taking place for those drugs because prescription drugs can be very expensive."

Heroin Use On The Rise Among Charlotte's Affluent

Apr 26, 2013
Drug Enforcement Agency

Black tar heroin is a crude and relatively cheap form of one of the world’s most addictive drugs, and its use is on the rise in Charlotte. CMPD has said that Charlotte is in the top five in the nation for black tar heroin. Carolinas Healthcare System recently conducted a study of the heroin users in its care, and it might surprise you who they are. WFAE’s Ben Bradford spoke with Robert Martin, the director of substance abuse services for Carolinas Healthcare System.