Brothers, 81-year-old father face multiple drug charges
Published 12:06 pm Wednesday, October 14, 2015
ENOCHVILLE — Three members of an Enochville family have been arrested on drug charges. Billy Joe Barnhardt Jr., 45, Larry Scott Barnhardt, 44, and Billy Joe Barnhardt Sr., 81, have been arrested and face multiple charges.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sent a Special Response team to 505 Spring Garden Avenue in reference to drug-related complaints. The Sheriff’s Office had previously searched the house in 2012. According to a release, the Sheriff’s Office got tips that people in the house were using and distributing heroin, methamphetamine and prescription narcotics. They also got a tip that one of the residents, a convicted felon, had a firearm.
In Larry Barnhardt’s bedroom, investigators found a loaded .22 revolver and ammunition and precursor chemicals for making methamphetamine. Larry Barnhardt was convicted of felony trafficking opium or heroin in Iredell County in 2014 and of attempting to traffick opium or heroin in Rowan County in 2014. He has also been convicted of assault, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and discharging a firearm.
In Billy Joe Barnhardt Jr.’s bedroom, investigators discovered 80 hydrocodone tablets, as well as needles, scales and other drug paraphernalia. He has been previously convicted in Rowan County for possession with intent to distribute heroin, larceny, assault, carrying a concealed weapon and simple possession.
In a small building behind the house, investigators also located a small, one pot methamphetamine lab.
Billy Joe Barnhardt Sr. had a prescription for hydrocodone and it was determined that he had just returned from seeing a medical provider in Winston-Salem and filled a prescription for 180 hydrocodone pills at a pharmacy in Kannapolis.
Eighty of the pills were discovered in Larry Barnhardt’s room, but investigators could not locate the remaining 100. Pre-search surveillance revealed a possible drug exchange between Larry Barnhardt and an unknown person just before the search began, authorities said.
Larry Barnhardt was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking 28 grams or more of opium by possession, conspiracy to traffick 28 grams or more of opium by possession, and felony maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances. He was placed under a $300,000 secured bond. His first court date is Oct. 16.
Billy Joe Barnhardt Jr. was charged with conspiracy to traffick 28 grams or more of opium by possession, trafficking 28 grams of more of opium by possession, and felony maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances. He was placed under a $200,000 secured bond.
Billy Joe Barnhardt Sr. was charged with conspiracy to traffick 28 grams or more of opium by possession, trafficking 28 grams or more of opium by possession, and felony maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances. He has been placed under a $250,000 secured bond. He was convicted in 2012 of misdemeanor maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for keeping and selling controlled substances. His court date has not been set yet.