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LaCENTER MAN SENTENCED TO LONG PRISON TERM FOR METHAMPHETAMINE CONSPIRACY
More than Sixteen Pounds of Meth Found at LaCenter Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2009

JOSE FREDDY BARRERA, 31, a Mexican National residing in LaCenter, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to13 years in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. BARRERA was arrested March 13, 2008, after Vancouver Police Officers executed a search warrant and found more than 16 pounds of methamphetamine. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said he expects BARRERA will be deported following his prison term. Judge Settle said, “the public is not safe” from BARRERA.

According to records filed in the case, the investigation began in early March 2008, when a Vancouver Police Department officer became aware that BARRERA had returned to the Vancouver area using false identification documents. BARRERA had previously been deported following drug and gun convictions. Officers watched BARRERA’s LaCenter residence. A visitor to the home was pulled over by police and found to have more than a pound of methamphetamine in his car. A search of the BARRERA home then turned up the 16 pounds of methamphetamine and a drug ledger indicating payments for drug shipments of more than $100,000.

Calling BARRERA a “hardened drug trafficker,” Assistant United States Attorney Mike Dion said the thirteen year prison sentence seems “the only way to stop him breaking the law.” Mr. Dion noted that if BARRERA returns again to the U.S. and drug dealing, he will likely face an even harsher sentence.

The case was investigated by the Vancouver Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Dion.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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