A popular high school teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina was allegedly trying to be the real life Walter White from the show, Breaking Bad. Unfortunately now he's dead over it.
MTO News learned that police suspect that the high school teacher was killed while allegedly trying to rob members of Mexico's largest and most violent drug cartel - the Sinaloa Cartel.
According to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Barney Harris died on Thursday, April 8, in a shootout with a drug cartel. Investigators said Harris and another person went to a stash house in Alamance County last week to steal money and drugs from the Sinaloa cartel.
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Sheriff Terry Johnson told the media, "It was believed that this was during a home invasion for money and drugs."
Barney and his alleged business partner Steven Alexander Stewart Jr., who police say was Barney's brother-in-law, killed the cartel's drug runner which may have started the shootout. Barney was shot and killed during the gunfire, police say.
His body was found inside the house and shot multiple times. Investigators say Barney was wearing a bulletproof vest, but it didn't protect him from the high caliber bullets used in the shooting.
Steven was arrested and is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
"I can tell you this right now. When we are dealing with the Mexican drug cartel, somebody's probably going to die as a result of this right here, somewhere else. And we did not want to put it out there until we could get a good grip of what's going on here," The Alamameda Police Chief said in a statement.
According to law enforcement, Sinaloa is a Mexican drug cartel that operates out of Tijuana but has expanded its drug business globally as far as Europe, Africa, and all across the United States including rural parts of North Carolina.
“Apparently over the years since 2014 at least they’ve had a significant presence in Alamance County,” retired FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker told the local media.
The biggest draw for the drug cartels is access to major interstate highways like I-95, I-85, I-10, and I-40 which can help move the product ro lucrative markets, like Miami, New York, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.
The FBI claims that in places like Charlotte - which are a central hub for drug trafficking - stash houses are usually found to store the money and drugs until the next pick-up comes along.