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January 28, 2008

Albany-  An Albany business owner makes his first appearance in a Muscogee County courtroom after being arrested on drug trafficking charges in Columbus Friday night.

Monday a judge denied bond for George Andrew Barfield Junior. Barfield is charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His case has been bound over to Superior Court in Muscogee County. Barfield was arrested by the Metro Narcotics Task Force Friday night, but at this point they're releasing few details. WALB News Ten was the first to tell you about Barfield's arrest and Monday learned Barfield recently defaulted on a million dollar loan.

This is George Andrew Barfield Junior's mug shot from the Muscogee County Jail. The Metro Narcotics Task Force in Columbus is saying little about his arrest. In fact, they won't say where he was arrested Friday night or anything about his involvement in the case. Despite our open record requests for his arrest report we were told that information wouldn't be available Monday.

Better known as Andy Barfield, he's the owner of Barfield Rentals and Construction on Cardinal Street here in Albany. Monday, we checked records at the Dougherty County Tax Office and learned Barfield's names appears on the deeds for 48 properties in Albany and Dougherty County and nine properties in Lee County.

WALB also learned that Barfield used this property near Palmyra Hospital as collateral for a 1.2 million dollar loan with Security Bank. Last year when Barfield failed to pay, they posted a notice in the Albany Herald Newspaper in November and attempted to auction off the property last month, to collect the money. Monday, Security Bank's attorney said they couldn't comment about the sale.

According to Albany Police and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office there are no warrants for Barfield in Dougherty County. Our calls to the Drug Enforcement Agency about this case went unreturned. Authorities in Columbus won't say if Barfield's arrest has anything to do with his ties to Albany, just that this case remains under investigation.

A court date for Barfield's next appearance in Muscogee County hasn't been set.

WALB will continue to investigate this case. We expect to learn more soon when our requests for open records are granted.

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