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Rowan County Man Sentenced To 156 Months In Federal Prison For Selling Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Rowan County man was sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, for distributing heroin, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

CURTIS CARL COWAN, age 53, of Salisbury, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on December 3, 2018, to one count of distribution of heroin. COWAN was sentenced by United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to 156 months of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. He was a “career offender” under federal law, based on his prior convictions for second degree kidnapping, attempted second degree kidnapping, and extortion.

On both May 15, 2017 and April 12, 2017, COWAN sold approximately 1 gram of heroin to a confidential informant working with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Both transactions occurred in the public parking lots of retail businesses located in Salisbury, North Carolina.

This case was investigated by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terry M. Meinecke.


Updated March 25, 2019