Rowan County man charged with trafficking opiates

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Henry Herman Blankenship

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A man is in custody accused of multiple offenses of trafficking opiates.

Henry Herman Blankenship, 69, of Salisbury, is charged with three counts of trafficking heroin/opium, three counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver oxycodone and two counts of sell/deliver oxycodone.

Blankenship was arrested on Friday following a delivery of 150 dosage units of oxycodone to an undercover investigator with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to the incident, Blankenship had also sold oxycodone to the investigator on Aug. 6 and Sept. 25.

He was taken into custody under a $750,000 bond.

Blankenship has an extensive criminal history and at the time of his arrest was on parole for a 1992 Iredell County second-degree murder conviction. Blankenship had been released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections in 2012 after having served 23 years in prison.