A man was arrested Tuesday for possession of 25 grams of heroin after a lengthy investigation, according to Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives said Barry Dwayne Bowles, 29, of Mooresville, was arrested after they said information indicated he was a prominent dealer in Iredell County.
After numerous hours of surveillance and interviews, detectives said they discovered Bowles bring a large quantity of heroin to be sold in the parking lot of a busy shopping center in Mooresville. Detectives said many items related to heroin distribution were found in Bowles' possession as well as nearly an ounce of black tar heroin.
Detectives said they were able to identify more than 20 other people connected to a heroin distribution ring.
Detectives said it was also discovered the heroin was purchased from Charlotte-affiliated individuals who are being sought at this time. The heroin seized has a street value of over $5,000.
Bowles was charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Bowles is being held at the Iredell County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.