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

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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.


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.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    free the weed.
  • by csmith Location: tally on Jun 27, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    i smell a rat...
  • by Mr.E on Jun 26, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    If we could legalize domestic cannabis we would create a new industry that would employ thousands in each state. It is an estimated 38billion dollar industry. We would eliminate budget shortfalls in all 50 states. We could increase funding for law enforcement and addiction treatment for narcotics. The loss of revenue on the black market would crush the drug cartels and eventually there would be little or no violence on the mexican border. We could end farm subsidies costing billions by allowing cannabis cultivation. There are far more reasons to legalize than to continue with the current policies. Make the intelligent choice.....legalize.
  • by Jethro Location: Capital City, Florida on Jun 26, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    "This is your job! This is your brain...Any drugs? Questions confuse me. Word!
  • by Brittany Location: Valdosta, GA on Jun 26, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    All that i want to say is some people are pathetic. I am very proud to say Daniel is a close family member and after reading some of these comments, I have a few choice words for some of you who think you know our family just because you are from bainbridge. RE: Call it like i see it, and Totally should be ashamed of yourselfs. My uncle danny was one of the best men ever born in the state of Georgia and, God rest his soul, would do anything for a complete stranger. He wasnt perfect, and neither is Danial, and Im sure you have secrets too. Regardless, the media isnt the best source to base your opinions on and they tend to blow things out of proportion. Daniel worked hard for what he has and his father built what he left to his children from the floor up. I am sure you wouldnt want your family accused of something false, especially when they arent here to defend themselves. Maybe you should do a little more research before running your mouths. btw... family members do see these comments and for all of you who think you have the right to gossip about our family... you are not God and will face your own judgments when the good Lord calls your name. hope youre ready when the time comes.
  • by the american justic system is so depressing. Location: ga on Jun 25, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    31comments cops and only 2 of them are in your favor and they sound like jealousy for the poor kid trying to have something in life. IF I WAS A COP WHICH GLAD I AM NOT CLEAN TOLITS FIRST BUT THERE IS NOWAY I COULD ARREST SOMEONE FOR POT WHEN ALCOHOL IS LEGAL. ALCOHOL IS DANGEROUS KIDS STAY AWAY FROM IT. JUST BECAUSE YOUR GOV. ALLOWES YOU TO DRINK IT DONT MAKE IT RIGHT.
  • by Surly Location: Grrr on Jun 25, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    And in other news, the availability of marijuana has plummeted, and the price gone through the roof. NOT!!! It is true that the price has not gone down any, however...
  • by Jake on Jun 25, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    He probably quit paying off the cops. Probably thought he had something on them that would protect him. That's how it's done in Wakulla and Leon. Just like Robin Hood, the Sheriff's are the ones who rule.
  • by Everyone Location: USA on Jun 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM
    Looks like prohibition doesn't work. Get real people.
  • by tempting but not worth it. Location: ga on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:33 PM
    man i feel sorry for him. these greedy ga. cops are going to take everything he has.
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