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Nash County drug dealer gets 18 years in prison

Posted June 28, 2012

A convicted drug dealer from Rocky Mount was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 18 years in prison.

Kendwall Kendell “Showboat” Barnes, 36, also received 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, which was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III. In January, Barnes pleaded to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Barnes had been selling crack cocaine in Nash County since 1997, according to States Attorney Thomas G. Walker.  In February 2010, officers from the Rocky Mount Police Department used confidential informants to purchase more than 100 grams of crack cocaine from two mid-level dealers in Rocky Mount. An investigation revealed Barnes as the supply source for the dealers. Law enforcement said he distributed more than 17 kilograms of the drug in Nash County since 1997.

Drug Enforcement Agency officers assisted in the investigation.


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  • not pc Jun 29, 2012

    you call me a lib thats rich im the most coservitive person you will ever meet if anyone sounds like a lib its you just let people do what they want are you crazy people what take responabilty now.but i do agree withyou on one point the drugs laws don't work they should make pot legal and all hard drugs life in prision that way if you are to stupid to understand its not worth losing you life for maybe they would not do it.the only reson that more people are doing drugs is becausethey have more access to theand they are weak.see you might not need drugs but the stupid ones think they do and its illigal and they still do it.people over all are stupid and weak and give in to the devils temptaionsand as far as alcohol you are right it is the devils juicy juice.so now hopfully you will understand you can't just let people do what they want they will kill inocent people.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jun 29, 2012

    Barnes had been selling crack cocaine in Nash County since 1997, according to States Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

    If the the police were aware of all these sales...why did it take some many years to lock his rear up?

  • jjordan231179 Jun 29, 2012

    NOT PC.....how are those drug laws working? More people do drugs now than before prohibiton. Good job! A trillion wasted and more drug addcits. Maybe we can print some more money up and continue the "war on drugs"?? Isnt that what you libs want? SPEND SPEND PSNED LAWS LAWS LAWS?

  • jjordan231179 Jun 29, 2012

    NOT PC....all you do is call people names and ASSUME we do drugs. I dont smoke pot but I think it should be legal. Wjhy is a natural plant illegal? Why do you need ANOTHER law to tell you not to smoke pot? I dont need laws. You cant force morals through laws. ITS PERSONAL RESPONSIBLITY!!! Try it. No one has ever died from pot. Tell me how many died from alcohol. You omake no sense. No lib ever does.

  • jjordan231179 Jun 29, 2012

    jjordon are you realy this stupid first and im sure you wont understand this because the crack you are smoking has shot your mind, but this is one of the most dangerous drugs out here today it rotts your body from the inside out tears familys apart leaves chrildren homeless and kills thousands every yearand those consenting adults you talk of are addicted to the point they cant quit even when they wont to. so yes he has been selling this do do for decades he should have got life like and other person that uses this drug and trying to blame parma companys that make drugs to save peoples lives you are truley lost in the bull that your culture spreads you can gustifie anything as it kills your people.
    not pc
    June 29, 2012 9:24 a.m.
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    So does alcohol, cigharettes, gambling, paint huffing, presciption opiates, whats your point? I know crack is bad SO I DONT DO IT. I dont need a law from the gov to tell me that. I HAVE PERSONAL RESPONSIBLITY. Try it someitme. Stop waiting for t

  • imsirius Jun 29, 2012

    I can't see any way that a guy sells crack for 15 years in the same county without law enforcement giving him a pass. He must've stopped paying for protection. SN: This war on drugs ahs cost this country BILLIONS! Who's winning?

  • not pc Jun 29, 2012

    Something is wrong with our justice system when rapists & murderers get less time in prison than a drug dealer smh
    you are right they all should get the death penalty wipe out all this trash so good people would be able to be safe in there homes and children would not end up homeless.

  • LocalYokel Jun 29, 2012

    I'm thinking that the judge who handed down an 18yr sentence for 100g of drugs is also nicknamed "Showboat".

    U.S. District Court Judge James C. "Showboat" Dever III

  • crand2003 Jun 29, 2012

    In another country he would have been hung to death. That's what we should do to him. Crack addicts are the very people committing murder, rape and robbery.

  • not pc Jun 29, 2012

    boy you can tell who this guys clients are all you drug heads are showing how much you hate your drug dealer is gone to bad you dont care as much for your comuinity.try to get drug free then maybe you can make a good logical thought come over your burnt out brain.