More arrests made in heroin house with history of complaints

- UPDATE (9:05 a.m. 6/15/2016): On Tuesday, The Rowan County Sheriff's Office made additional arrests connected to the June 9, 2016 search of the home on the 300 block of Nazareth Home Road in Rockwell, NC.

Grady Edward Austin, Jr,. aka "Eddie," the primary resident was charged with conspiracy to traffic 28 grams or more of heroin, trafficking 28 grams or more of heroin by transportation, and possession of a stolen firearm, according to authorities.

The firearm, a .45, had been entered stolen by Concord Police in 2013. Seven firearms were seized during the search and investigators are still trying to figure out if others were stolen.

Austin was in custody at the Rowan Co. Detention Center under a $2,000,000 bond and was served and placed under that bond.

Tracie Farrington Moss, 48, who lived at the home was arrested at the location and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities say these charges came from items found in her purse during the initial search, according to officials.

She was placed under a $25,000 bond and remains in custody at the Rowan Co. Detention Center. She was out on bond for a March 25, 2016, arrest by Salisbury Police for possession of heroin.

Authorities say Joshua Wayne Eldreth, 28, a resident of the 200 block of East Third Street in Faith, NC was arrested on Artz Rd. in Salisbury. Eldreth was charged with conspiracy to traffick 28 grams or more of heroin and trafficking 28 grams or more of heroin by transportation.  

Authorities discovered Elderth drove Austin to the Charlotte Metro area to procure heroin from Mexican suppliers and bring it back to Rowan Co. to sell.

Eldreth was placed under a $60,000 bond and remains in custody at The Rowan Co. Detention Center.



The Rowan County Sheriff's Office, NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), and Salisbury Police busted a heroin house with history of complaints on Thursday.

Officials executed a search warrant at the 300 block of Nazareth Home Road in Rockwell, NC. 

Authorities say they've received several complaints from the home over the past couple of years involving heroin, meth sales and overdoses.

In the past sign were placed on telephone posts advertising that the occupant of the home had heroin for sale, according to authorities.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office responded to a drug overdose at the home on March 2, 2013 and the person survived. On June 30, 2015 the sheriff's office responded to another overdose at the home and the person died. The sheriff's office says other overdoses have occurred at the home but have not been reported.

Authorities said in 2015 the sheriff's office began making controlled purchased of heroin and meth from the primary resident, Grady Edward Austin, Jr., aka Eddie, 57.

In May 2016 the sheriff's office found out that Austin and another person were making trips to the metro Charlotte area and procuring large amounts of heroin from Mexican National drug suppliers and bringing it back to the home and selling it.

On Thursday, June 9, officers went into the home and found ten people inside with one person actively injecting heroin, according to authorities.

Police reports say Austin was found in a bathroom. He was found in possession of 47 grams of "Mexican Brown" and "Black Tar" heroin, which were found in his pants pocket. There were used and unused needles in his room. A total of three shotguns and four handguns were found in a closet and in a locked safe.

$2,000 in cash, assorted ammunition, marijuana and 37 Valium tablets were seized. One gram of meth ice, smoking bowl and marijuana was found in a purse belonging to one of the people inside the home, according to authorities.

Austin has been charged with trafficking heroin by possession and faces a potential of 225-282 month and a fine of $500,000. He was also charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to keep and sell controlled substances. Austin's bond was set at $2,000,000.

Authorities say the house is currently owned by a Florida resident, who will receive notice from the Sheriff’s Office about the residence being a public nuisance and potential consequences, including seizure, if the situation persists.  

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be filed in this matter      

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