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SBI Puts End to Major Drug Pipeline

Posted May 7, 1998

— SBI Agents believe they've busted one of the major drug pipelines in North Carolina. They arrested a man they say has dealt thousands of pounds of drugs over the last decade.

Investigators say Norman Barefoot was part of a huge drug pipeline that went from Mexico to Arizona to North Carolina.

Norman Barefoot is charged with selling more than 16,000 pounds of marijuana and 20 pounds of cocaine. Investigators say for nine years Barefoot used his home to deal drugs in Cumberland, Harnett and Johnston counties.

Barefoot lives on a quiet dead end in the falcon community on the outskirts of Cumberland County.

"I'm surprised," says neighbor, Steve Dammer. "I didn't really know him that well. I really had no idea that anything like that was going on up there so if he was doing it, he was keeping it quiet."

Barefoot used to own a store just off I-95. Investigators say the location made it an ideal spot for Barefoot to sell and deliver the drugs.

"It really is a shock," admits neighbor, Marion Brock. "And like I said he's just a really nice person. I've never had any problems with him. I've always like him and liked his family, and I'm just in shock. I can't hardly believe it."

Barefoot has posted $100,000 bond, and he's now out of jail. He declined comment on the case.

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