ROWAN COUNTY -- Two men were arrested in on heroin trafficking charges after a two-month investigation in Rowan County.
Deputies said Mason White Hyde, of Rowan County and Scotty Ray West, of Davie County, are in custody at the Rowan County Detention Center. Hyde is held under a $500,000 bond for multiple heroin trafficking charges, conspiracy charges, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the use and sale of controlled substances and possession of a firearm by felon. West is in jail under a $125,000 bond for heroin trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Deputies said they were advised in May that people were traveling to Salisbury to by heroin and take it back to Alexander County for use and sale.
Hyde was responsible for selling heroin in Alexander, Davie and Rowan counties, and undercover purchases were made from his residence on N. Oakhurst Drive in Salisbury, and other locations, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
At the end of the final undercover purchase, Hyde and West were taken into custody.
A search warrant was executed at 275 N. Oakhurst Drive where an additional amount of heroin and crack cocaine was found, along with a gun and an undisclosed amount of money, deputies said.
Deputies said Hyde has an extensive criminal record with charges or convictions in numerous counties, including Rowan and the surrounding area, while West has a prior record for narcotics possession and is known to authorities for his involvement in drug distribution in the West Rowan and Davie County areas.