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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Former El Paso Law Enforcement Officer Sentenced To Two Years In Federal Prison

In El Paso today, 32-year-old former El Paso Police officer and El Paso County Constable Billy Jack Barrow was sentenced to two years in federal prison on a drug conspiracy charge announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist.

In addition to the prison term, Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones ordered that Barrow pay a $500 fine and be placed under supervised release for a period of two years after completing his prison term. Judge Briones also ordered that Barrow surrender to federal authorities on or before May 9, 2014, to begin serving his prison term.

On October 31, 2013, Barrow pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.  By pleading guilty, Barrow admitted to tipping off co-conspirators about bar checks and other law enforcement operations while serving as an El Paso County Constable from January 2010 through September 2012.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration together with the El Paso Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney John Gibson prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

Updated December 15, 2014