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LACENTER MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO METHAMPHETAMINE CONSPIRACY
Plea Agreement Calls for 13 Year Prison Sentence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2009

JOSE FREDDY BARRERA, 31, a Mexican National residing in LaCenter, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 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. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Judge Benjamin H. Settle must sentence BARRERA to 13 years in prison, or either side can withdraw from the plea agreement. Sentencing is scheduled for April 6, 2009.

According to records filed in the case, the investigation began in early March, 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.

The case was investigated by the Vancouver Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the United States Marshals Service.

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.

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