Decatur Co. Businessman Busted for 'Side Work' - SLIDE SHOW

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[LAST UPDATED 6/25 at 1AM]

South Georgia Law Enforcement agencies have busted a high-tech drug dealer.

Businessman Daniel Barnard seemed to have it all -- a ranch home on Highway 27, a convenience store in Miller County, and a 100-plus-acre horse farm.

But South Georgia law enforcement saw him in a different light.

Says Miller County Sheriff Buddy Glass, "He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, which was synthetic marijuana."

Barnard had been selling the drug to customers at his Super B Express Store.

After an investigation, authorities decided there was enough evidence to search the three properties.

Explains Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin, " [We] had a search warrant on his residence in Decatur County ... then also had his business -- his convenience store -- in Miller County."

Findings at the horse farm were especially interesting.

The Sheriff's Departments says the farm was used for public events and music festivals.

Meanwhile, spectators had no idea what was buried beneath a white barn on the property.

Says Griffin, "They discovered a[n] underground, indoor hydroponic marijuana grow."

Barnard had allegedly spared no expense in burying a 58-foot semi-truck as an underground marijuana-growing lair.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested him on June 25 for 'possession with intent to distribute'.

Sheriffs in Decatur and Miller Counties say they're just happy it's 'another drug person off the streets'.

The Decatur County Sheriff's Office says Barnard will be transported back to them from the Miller County jail soon.

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Decatur County, Georgia - June 24, 2011 -

The Decatur Co. And Miller Co. Sheriffs' Offices, along with GBI, busted an underground marijuana operation.

They say Daniel Barnard was arrested last night for a large hydroponic marijuana growing area on his property.

Tune in tonight for more, only on Eyewitness News.


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