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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 7, 2016

Stash House Guard Pleads Guilty

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jesus A. Barrera Guerrero (18, La Porte, Texas) today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison.

According to the plea agreement, in August 2016, at the direction of members of a large drug trafficking organization (DTO), Barrera Guerrero delivered approximately 11 kilograms of methamphetamine to an undercover DEA agent at a gas station in Gibsonton. Barrera Guerrero was arrested following the transaction, and he later led law enforcement investigators to a nearby drug stash house where he had been staying. Inside the house, DEA agents found nearly 13 additional kilograms of methamphetamine and approximately 11 kilograms of cocaine.

This case was the result of a comprehensive and dedicated effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bradenton Police Department, as part of an on-going Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation's drug supply. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated October 7, 2016