Authorities say gang member sentenced to more than 12 years on drug charges

Joshua Wright (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff's Office)

WILMINGTON (WWAY) — A Wilmington man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for distributing heroin.

Authorities say Joshua Wright, 25, is a validated gang member and pleaded guilty in April to distributing a quantity of heroin.

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According to law enforcement, in May 2018 Wilmington Police made a controlled purchase of heroin from Wright in the Indochine parking lot.

At the time of the purchase, they say Wright was wearing a GPS ankle monitor and was on post-supervision release from prison.