Durham police arrest his wife in a shootout between rival North Carolina drug cartels that killed 2 people, deputies say


GREEN LEVEL, NC (WJZY) – The wife of one of the suspected killers in a North Carolina shootout between rival drug cartels that left two men – including one teacher – was arrested in connection with the case.

According to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Santana Monique Stewart, who is the wife of Steven Alexander Stewart Jr. and sister of Barney Harris, was arrested by Durham police on Saturday.

She has been charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the fatal shooting that occurred at 12:52 a.m. on April 8, 2021, at a mobile home park in the 1000 block of Wyatt Road in Alamance County.

The incident was described by Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson as an “old west shootout” and he said the mobile home was a “hiding place”.

Barney Harris, who was a high school Spanish teacher and coach at Union Academy Charter School near Charlotte, was found dead at the scene.

Coach Barney Harris had taught at Union Academy for four years and was also the head coach for college basketball and track and field, according to the school. Her sister has now been arrested by Durham Police. (File photo)

Alonzo Beltran Lara, 18, was found shot dead at the scene but later died in hospital.

Johnson said last year that Lara was the drug dealer who lived in the trailer with another person. Deputies said they believed Harris entered the mobile home when no one was there and waited for Lara to arrive.

When Lara finally arrived, her hands and feet were tied, Johnson said.

Lara was found with two gunshot wounds to the back of her head in what appears to be an execution-style murder, deputies have said.

Harris was found in the bedroom and was shot multiple times. He wore a vest, gloves and a face covering. Around 30 casings were found inside and outside the trailer, and three other mobile homes were hit by gunfire. Multiple firearms were used, the sheriff’s office said.

The trailer had been ransacked and deputies said they found around a kilo of cocaine near Lara at the scene.

Steven Alexander Stewart Jr., 32, of Waynesboro, was arrested in 2021 and charged with first degree murder and first degree burglary. He is suspected of being one of the killers, officials said.

Stewart is Harris’ brother-in-law.

The sheriff said this incident was the result of a dispute between two rival criminal enterprises.

Santana Monique Stewart, who is the latest arrest made in the case, was given $10,000 bond. His next court date is July 20, 2022 in Alamance County.

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