New Castle County Man Who Trafficked Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Sentenced to 32 Years in Federal Prison
WILMINGTON, Del. – Paul Barrett, age 41, of New Castle, Delaware, pled guilty on March 15, 2019 to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced.
According to court documents and statements made in open court, federal law enforcement began surveilling Defendant after receiving a tip that he was engaged in narcotics trafficking. Surveillance of the defendant led law enforcement to a storage unit in New Castle, Delaware. A drug sniffing dog confirmed the presence of narcotics.
Law enforcement followed Barrett as he picked up a drug package in a shopping center parking lot and returned to the storage unit. A subsequent search of Defendant’s car and storage unit yielded over two kilograms of methamphetamine.
U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “The resurgence of methamphetamine across the country has now reached Delaware, resulting in one of our largest seizures to date. Thanks to the cooperative investigation between the FBI, DEA and HSI, these drugs were seized before reaching our streets. Federal authorities remain vigilant and will do whatever is necessary to protect our community.”
"The FBI in Wilmington worked side-by-side with the DEA, the Delaware State Police and other federal, state and local partners to ensure we stopped Mr. Barrett from further distributing methamphetamine in the region," said FBI Baltimore Acting Special Agent in Charge Jennifer L. Moore. "These dangerous drugs have a devastating effect on our communities and we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to make New Castle County and Delaware a safer place."
This case was investigated by the FBI, DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Attorney Weiss also wishes to thank the Pennsylvania State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander P. Ibrahim.