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From WSOC-TV:

Sheriff: Union County teacher, coach killed in shootout with Mexican drug cartel

April 15, 2021 at 4:12 am EDT
By Mark Becker, wsoctv.com

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A popular Union County teacher and coach was killed in a shootout last week with a Mexican drug cartel, according to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.

Barney Harris was the basketball coach at Union Academy in Monroe where he was well-loved and respected, but Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said there was another side to Harris that most people didn’t see — one that was involved in the dangerous and deadly drug world.

Channel 9 learned Harris and his brother-in-law, Steven Alexander Stewart, went to a mobile home park on Wyatt Road in Green Level, North Carolina in the early morning hours of April 8 to steal money and drugs from the Sinaloa Cartel’s stash house. …

The Sinaloa Cartel was run by El Chapo.

Detectives said Harris and Stewart broke into a trailer and Lara showed up while they were inside. Deputies said the men questioned Lara about the stash and when he didn’t give them the answers they wanted, they shot him in the head.

“And they were trying to find the money and drugs and apparently he didn’t give them the information to do that and he was technically close range, two bullets to the back of the head, he was executed,” Johnson said.

Johnson said after the pair killed Lara, other members of the cartel showed up and Harris was killed in the gun fight that followed.

According to Johnson, dozens of bullet casings were found at the scene. Some pierced through other trailers in the community, but no other injuries were reported.

“The trailers that were shot up, it looked like an old Western shootout, that’s what it looked like,” Johnson said.

The sheriff said Harris was wearing a bulletproof vest but that it was no match for the high-caliber firepower of the cartel’s guns.

“Mr. Harris, he had a bulletproof vest on, but it did not work with the kind of ammunition that was used,” Johnson said. “He had gloves on, and he, they went there to do what was done except they did not think it was going to backfire on them.”

Detectives believe Harris and Stewart had been using electronic trackers to follow members of the cartel before the shootout.

Harris was hired by Union Academy Charter School in July 2017 as a high school Spanish teacher and served as the head coach for the varsity men’s basketball team and varsity men’s track team.

“It’s just hard to understand,” Johnson said. “The fact that someone like Mr. Harris, who apparently had a pretty good life as a teacher and a coach, wound up in this type of crime.”

Johnson said he is concerned that the shootout could lead to a drug war with the cartel seeking revenge against Harris’ loved ones.

“I’ll tell you right now, as sheriff, I’m still worried about some retaliation because Mexican cartels — they don’t forget. They’re going to pay someone back somewhere,” he said.

Deputies said they found about two pounds of cocaine in the trailer along with $7,000. …

The DEA called Atlanta the cartel’s hub, connecting to secondary hubs in Charlotte, Raleigh and then the coast.

Alamance County, where the shootout happened, is where Interstate 85 and Interstate 40 combine, increasing that drug traffic.

Since Feb. 19, the county has seized 129 kilos of cocaine and $2 million.

No word on whether the high school Spanish teacher had been binge watching Breaking Bad.

 
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  1. BLM should go protest against the cartel.

    • Agree: Mike Tre, Travis
    • LOL: Escher, TWS
    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
  2. anonymous[907] • Disclaimer says:

    The sheriff’s manner of describing the incident is remarkably favorable to Harris.

    By the way:

    “And they were trying to find the money and drugs and apparently he didn’t give them the information to do that and he was technically close range, two bullets to the back of the head, he was executed,” Johnson said.

    What does this “he was technically close range” information even add? “Technically”??

    • Replies: @Polistra
  3. Drug dealing is so Nineties. Barney’s a dinosaur.

    Elmo is woke:

  4. Anon[254] • Disclaimer says:

    The DEA called Atlanta the cartel’s hub, connecting to secondary hubs in Charlotte, Raleigh and then the coast.

    Is it news that the Sinaloa cartel has hubs in Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh. and on the coast of North Carolina?

    It is to me.

    • Replies: @notsaying
    , @Reg Cæsar
  5. Johnny789 says:

    Yes, let us celebrate the life of a cold blooded killer. It’s unbelievable that the very first time he tried robbing a drug cartel it cost him his life. Maybe he needed the money to take one of his best students/players to Disney World.

    • Replies: @JimmyBee
    , @Wade Hampton
  6. Does this count as ironic?

  7. Polistra says:
    @anonymous

    Maybe the sheriff is trying to provide useful information for next time.

  8. No word on whether the high school Spanish teacher had been binge watching Breaking Bad.

    If he’d watched “No Country for Old Men”, he’d have known better than to get involved with Mexican drug gangs at all.

  9. JimmyBee says:
    @Johnny789

    Yeah, maybe he did this out of a sense of desperation like the main character in Breaking Bad. Why else would someone steal from a Mexican drug cartel?

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    , @anon
  10. Twinkie says:

    This is straight out of some third rate action film. Was this guy an addict? Who in his right mind tries to rob the Sinaloa Cartel unless he himself is a soldier for another cartel and was ordered to do so?

    This is so brazen and audacious that it’s almost awe-inspiring. Unless of course he was mentally ill and/or a drug addict.

  11. Dumbo says:

    No word on whether the high school Spanish teacher had been binge watching Breaking Bad.

    I wonder if people today are increasingly unable to distinguish real life from Netflix/Hollywood/etc.

    This case, also the previous post about the 17-year old girl and her boyfriend trying do do a Bonnie an Clyde…

    Seriously, do people really think things work like in the movies? Steal from a cartel, shoot at the police, and you’ll survive to tell the tale?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  12. notsaying says:
    @Anon

    Sounds like we know all about what they’re doing and where. I guess there is no plan to stop them. That means they will be all over America soon, if they aren’t already.

    • Replies: @bomag
    , @By-tor
  13. @Anon

    Is it news that the Sinaloa cartel has hubs in Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh. and on the coast of North Carolina?

    Even Delta and US Air had to split those cities between them.

  14. Daniel H says:

    Johnson said he is concerned that the shootout could lead to a drug war with the cartel seeking revenge against Harris’ loved ones.

    My gut feeling, this is unlikely. Mexican cartels seemed to have established a policy of no gratuitous violence in the USA. Bad for business. It was within bounds to protect the stash, or to come to the aid of their unfortunate comrade, but the shooting’s over, retreat, take notes, learn from the experience and get down to business, and flashy, gang-banging violence is bad for business.

    If there is an intelligence operation in the Sinola cartel, a CIA so to speak, they may investigate in order to figure out how an African American managed to get so close to the operation. There was an insecure link somewhere. The cartels want nothing to do with African Americans.

  15. Now if we can just find a scalable way of incentivizing Americans to rob cartel safehouses…

  16. Alfa158 says:

    Most commonly uttered last words:
    #5 “What’s that noise?”
    #4 “Hey y’all, watch this”
    #3 “Yes darling, I’m afraid those jeans do make your ass look big.”
    #2 “Cover me, guys”
    And in #1
    “Don’t worry about me, I’m wearing a “bullet-proof” vest.”

    • LOL: JMcG
    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  17. _Medium_ says:

    “ steal money and drugs from the Sinaloa Cartel’s stash house. …”

    Yeah, not the smartest thing to do.

  18. @Dumbo

    In Grand Theft Auto, you lie low for awhile and the cops forget about you killing that cop.

    • LOL: Dnought
    • Replies: @black sea
  19. Mr. Anon says:

    No word on whether the high school Spanish teacher had been binge watching Breaking Bad.

    Evidently, Coach Harris is NOT “The Danger”.

  20. black sea says:
    @Steve Sailer

    They’re busy busting people for air freshener violations, and those cop killings just naturally wind up in the Cold Case file.

  21. Breaking Bad would not work without normal people doing decent things. In this regard, it is exploitive – and corrosive.

  22. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    One guesses he rose to the level of his incompetence in crime. Probably had a clean record, meaning he never got caught, which allowed him to have a legit front. Vast majority of black males are involved in crime in some way from the petty to hardcore. The few who actually aren’t involved have a close relative who is. There’s few degrees of separation, black pillars of the community have brothers or uncles in prison, etc. This guy was probably a good con artist, a coach, teacher and role model for da yut and all that.

  23. Anonymous[350] • Disclaimer says:

    Harris was wearing a bulletproof vest but that it was no match for the high-caliber firepower of the cartel’s guns.

    I wonder what type of “bulletproof vest” that was. I am familiar with a Navy corpsman in Afghanistan, a passenger in an M-ATV (a type of mine-resistant vehicle) that was hit by an explosive penetrator type IED, who, while working on a wounded marine, was shot twice in the back by a Dragunov SVD, both rounds squarely hitting the SAPI plate, a ceramic insert. A third round grazed this individual’s neck before the sniper was killed by counterfire, his body and weapon recovered. The two rounds that hit the SAPI did not penetrate it, although they sent the corpsman sprawling over the wounded marine and burst skin capillaries so there were circular red marks beneath where the bullets had hit and later bruising. But the corpsman was able to continue treating the wounded man and perform other necessary duties despite considerable bleeding from the neck wound until it could be attended to.
    Without that SAPI, the corpsman would have been killed, and the marine being treated would have died, too, as he had an arterial bleed.

    • Thanks: Polemos
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Dr. X
  24. @Yancey Ward

    The cartel should go protest against BLM. That protest is guaranteed to be a humdinger. Maybe 50% peaceful, at the most.

    After one week of that protest, we might not hear much from BLM for a while. Patrisse Cullors would be cowering in one of her four new homes — maybe the one with the airplane hangar.

    • Replies: @black sea
    , @SunBakedSuburb
  25. @JimmyBee

    “That’s where the money is”.

    • LOL: Ben tillman
  26. What? No reference to the Tom Berenger classic, “The Substitute”?

  27. anon[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @JimmyBee

    nah he watched “true romance” thinking he go up gain the Drexl:

  28. anon[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    seems like Good Boy forgot the SAPI, available at amazon.com;

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  29. black sea says:
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Microaggressions would be the least of their concerns.

    Re: the coach who got killed in the shootout. He was probably lucky to have died that way. Things could have worked out a lot worse for him.

    • Agree: Cortes
    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  30. bomag says:
    @notsaying

    Sounds like we know all about what they’re doing and where. I guess there is no plan to stop them.

    Plan seems to be to import more.

    Any accounting of all the criminality imported into this country? MS13; drug gangs; Somali warlords on the lam; various Jihadists; welfare and other financial grifters; etc.

  31. Dr. X says:
    @Anonymous

    Probably Level II soft armor, which is designed to stop common pistol rounds. If the cartel shot him with a rifle it would zip right through Level II.

    You need Level IIIa or Level IV with hard plates to stop rifle rounds.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  32. Polemos says:

    The Coach and his buddy executed one of the cartel members, Lara. The article then later says

    Detectives believe Harris and Stewart had been using electronic trackers to follow members of the cartel before the shootout.

    They tagged other members and were tracking them?

    There has got to be so much more to this.

    Also, adding obligatory reference to Omar Little from The Wire, who exclusively robbed drug dealers.

    • Replies: @Muggles
  33. @black sea

    Mason’s Law of Gunfights: Whitey waives the rules; Hispanics can’t win.

  34. They never had this plot twist on The White Shadow

  35. @PiltdownMan

    Are conservative white men replacing the Roof Top Korean with the Mariachi Mexican? Will conservative white men ever find their champion? Who will save the gelded conservative white men?

    • LOL: AceDeuce
  36. Gamecock says:

    ‘According to Johnson, dozens of bullet casings were found at the scene. Some pierced through other trailers in the community, but no other injuries were reported.’

    ‘Bullet casings?’ Wut?

    Able to pierce trailers? What are these amazing things?

    Mark Becker, wsoc. People writing about guns who have no knowledge of guns.

    “Journalism: a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.” – Alfred Harmsworth, founder of the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror

    • Agree: By-tor
  37. @Gary in Gramercy

    “Patrisse Cullors [Colours] … airplane hanger”

    The hanger will house her giant bathtub.

  38. Anon[211] • Disclaimer says:

    The black teacher spoke Spanish, and had been charged with drug possession in the past. My guess is that he’d actually bought drugs off one of the guys from the trailer before.

    Then he became interested in the source of the drugs and robbing them of their money, so while he was doing another purchase, he arranged to distract the drug dealer while his brother-in-law put the tracker on the seller’s car.

    I suspect he thought he was dealing with a small-time crook that could be taken down easily. I doubt he realized he was facing the main area cartel connection.

    • Agree: Muggles, Alden
    • Replies: @cmpx
  39. Mr. Sailer, I’d suggest an allusion to No Country for Old Men rather than Breaking Bad.

    Such as “Looks like Alamance County is No Country for Old Men.”

    It’s a better fit if you know the story. But I guess Coach Harris did break bad; but he’s an anointed person of color, so no national news there.

  40. p38ace says:

    Was he a masked vigilante like that Batman guy they have in Gotham city?

  41. cmpx says:
    @Anon

    “I suspect he thought he was dealing with a small-time crook that could be taken down easily. I doubt he realized he was facing the main area cartel connection.”

    The body armor and electronic surveillance suggests he anticipated 1) a major score and 2) dangerous opposition, so it’s unlikely he thought he was just robbing some small time dealer in a trailer park.

  42. As I’ve been saying all the time: black crime stands no chance in confrontation with Hispanic crime.

    Mestizos are a mix of head-chopping Aztecs & burning-at -stake Conquistadors. Not someone you, if you still have your head on your shoulders, would want to mess with ….

    And being colorful Catholics, they got God on their side, theologically speaking.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @AceDeuce
  43. By the way, Sinaloa… For you lovers of telenovellas:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/02/el-chapos-daughter-weds-at-prominent-mexican-cathedral

    El Chapo’s daughter is married at majestic Mexican cathedral

    • LOL: AndrewR
  44. Muggles says:
    @Polemos

    So, local “admired” teacher/coach is probably both a coke user and retail dealer.

    He and his bro-in-law get the bright idea of putting a GPS tracker on their dealer’s car/truck.

    So the supplier is located, probably watched until they leave. Coach & friend do a fruitless search.

    Supplier comes back, is tortured for info to death. Then actual cartel guys show up and waste these upstanding citizens.

    Don’t play with matches until you learn about the dangers of fire. Had these perps (the coach, etc.) gotten hold of the stash, then what? Yes, they could have gotten high for a long time but then someone might wonder why they lost a good customer at the same time as their stash.

    The main danger for dealers is their competition. Then, rarely, bold customers at retail looking to rip.

    If they knew about actual cartel members, why would you try to rip them off? I think the other coke customers in the area are lucky. There would have been other interrogations had the cartel still been looking for their merchandise and the killers of their dealer. These cartels generally might act like this coach (torture) but they know who’s around. So Sinoloa guys would start visiting regular local customers.

    The two dead locals were lucky they were only shot dead.

    Bonus question: how did “coach” here pass his drug test regularly? Will the local School Board investigate that?

    • Agree: AndrewR, Polistra
    • Replies: @James B. Shearer
    , @Alden
  45. @Johnny789

    As Derb said, “life is an IQ test.” Coach missed an easy question.

    True or false? A good way to make some quick cash is to rob a Mexican drug gang.

  46. JMcG says:
    @Dr. X

    And, contra the reporting, rifle rounds are almost always smaller caliber than pistol rounds. It’s the velocity that gets you, not the diameter.

  47. Dnought says:

    I wonder if the guy didn’t have illegal gambling debts or some other kind of illegal debt. Even an idiot would have to realize that was a suicide mission. They basically found $50K retail worth of drugs in that trailer. You’re going to to mess with a major league Mexican cartel for a $50K payoff? Max? You’d have to be pretty desperate, if you ask me.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  48. Cortes says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Those Anglicans and their muscular Christianity…

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
  49. Cortes says:
    @Dnought

    More stupid than desperate, really. If the Coen Brothers don’t do the movie as a belated follow up to “Fargo” I’ll be amazed.

    • Replies: @Polistra
  50. AndrewR says:
    @PiltdownMan

    God I hate translations like this.

    “Nuevo Mexico, el estado…”

    How hard is it to translate that directly: New Mexico, the state.

    Song lyrics are very often like poetry: using unusual syntax for artistic reasons. This is true in every language.

    I used to do translation but I would always try to do direct translations as long as the meaning in English was clear. But the company did not like this. God forbid someone be exposed to different manners of writing and thinking…

  51. AceDeuce says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Last but not least, there’s no sympathy or outrage for a negro who gets whacked by them. Ho hum.

  52. @Muggles

    “The two dead locals were lucky they were only shot dead.”

    Actually the other guy survived. From the linked story:

    ” Johnson said Stewart, who is from Wadesboro, survived the shooting and was arrested on Sunday. He has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.”

  53. Polistra says:
    @Cortes

    The Mexicans will be replaced by WASP types.

  54. Alden says:
    @Muggles

    Affirmative action in action. I doubt teachers are drug tested unless it becomes obvious they are badly under the influence.

  55. @Alfa158

    Most commonly uttered last words:

    “Hold my beer!”

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