Suspect In Blazin’ Saddles Drug Bust Sentenced To Federal Prison

Harold-Devon-Scarboro-FIA man convicted in federal court on cocaine distribution charges has been sentenced to prison.

Harold Devon Scarboro, 25, of Middlesex was one of two people who pled guilty to federal charges in US District Court on March 2nd in connection with the former Blazin’ Saddles location on Barnes Lake Road off Highway 39 in northern Johnston County.

In March, Sheriff Steve Bizzell described the Blazin’ Saddles as “an outdoor flea market for drugs.” Undercover drug agents had a difficult time infiltrating the establishment but were finally successful after several years.

On Thursday, Scarboro was sentenced to 18 months in prison following by 3 years of probation. He was originally indicted on the drug charges in July 2015.

A second person, Thurman Stancil, 69, is awaiting sentenced. In March he agreed to forfeit his property at 357 Barnes Lake Road as part of a plea deal to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. Stancil could receive a maximum of 20 years in prison when sentenced.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives conducted the investigation.