By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 19, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee contractor is accused of selling drugs on the side. Now he's in trouble with the feds.
That contractor was in court Friday afternoon. Barney Crutchfield is accused of trafficking large quantities of cocaine and meth in Tallahassee.
When we stopped by BEC & Company, a truck quickly pulled out of the drive and the doors were locked.
Owner Barney Crutchfield is now in federal custody accused of heading up a drug trafficking ring in North Florida.
"I pray this is all a big mistake," Mike Grace said.
Grace works nearby and saw the black SUV's and patrol cars rolling in on Wednesday.
"They're just wonderful neighbors to have," Grace said. "I don't know what they did. We'll see what the judicial system has to say."
Crutchfield and accused co-conspirators James Case and Adam King are all facing federal charges now. They're accused of running cocaine from South Florida and meth from South Georgia.
Their arrests follow months of wire taps, surveillance and a string of search warrants this week.
"Anytime you're charged with a conspiracy like that the penalties are very high," said Crutchfield's attorney Richard Smith. "You're probably looking at a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years out of the box."
Crutchfield appeared before a federal magistrate Friday afternoon.
About two dozen family and friends filled the benches in court.
DEA agents claim Crutchfield had 500 grams of cocaine - that's about 75-thousand dollars worth - delivered to his home on Baum Road home.
"The eagle has landed," one of the men is alleged to have said that day in November.
Court documents say in one instance Crutchfield is accused of putting cocaine in his mailbox for pick up, in another he's accused of leaving drugs in his motorcycle saddle bag.
Court documents also accuse Crutchfield of shuttling more than 30 guns to another home when he feared the cops were on to him.
Court documents say Case and King are couriers who help Crutchfield get and distribute the drugs.
We were at a court hearing Friday afternoon. Crutchfield will remain behind bars at least for now. Case was released earlier in the day and King has a hearing on Monday.
Arrest papers suggest at least one other man was part of the drug conspiracy too, but federal court records do not yet show any other arrests.