Lincoln County deputies placed a Gaston County woman behind bars after narcotics investigators said they seized heroin from her during a weekend sting operation in Iron Station.
A Sheriff’s Office press release said that for at least a week, deputies had been investigating Audree Henderson Gilbert, 48, of 102 Sipe Road in Dallas.
Narcotics investigators stopped her vehicle and arrested her following an undercover controlled buy around 9 p.m. Friday on Brevard Place Road in Iron Station.
According to Lt. Jason Reid, head of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division, deputies seized more than $2,100 in cash along with 9.4 grams of the illegal substance that night, both on the suspect and inside her vehicle.
Reid said the substantial amount of heroin exceeds the trafficking level (8 grams) and attaches “mandatory prison time” to any person convicted.
He also noted that heroin is anything but decreasing across the area.
“It’s on the rise,” he said, “especially on the eastern end of the county because heroin is coming from Charlotte, and it’s not a long drive to there.”
Gilbert faces at least 10 felony charges for four counts of trafficking heroin, two counts each of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and one count each of possession of heroin and selling and delivering heroin.
She has since posted a $100,000 secured bond.