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North Carolina High School Teacher Killed During Shootout With Mexican Drug Cartel

North Carolina High School Teacher Killed During Shootout With Mexican Drug Cartel

The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office said Barney Harris, a Spanish teacher and varsity basketball coach at the charter school Union Academy, and his brother-in-law Steven Alexander Stewart were keeping tabs on the movement of the Sinaloa New Generation Cartel in an effort to find the location of their stash houses. After discovering that one was located at a mobile home park in the town of Green Level, the two headed there in the early morning hours of April 8 for the sole purpose of breaking into the stash house to steal money and drugs. 

While inside the home, Harris and Stewart were confronted by Alonso Beltran Lara, 18, a member of the cartel. Lara was questioned by the intruders, but when he wouldn’t reveal where the drugs and money were hidden, he was shot in the back of the head twice. Deputies said they found Lara with his feet bound and his arms tied behind his back. 

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson suspects that after Lara was shot, more members of the cartel showed up, leading to an exchange of gunfire that was heard by several people and reported to police. “It was almost like an old western shootout,” Johnson said, noting but bullet holes were found in three nearby trailers.

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