Tyler man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison



A Tyler man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for drug trafficking violations.

Jose Maldonado Barragan, 23, was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, aiding and abetting, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm while illegally in the U.S. and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

According to information presented in court, Barragan suppled methamphetamine for several months in 2014. An eight-ounce seizure in Palestine on March 31, 2014, which was eventually connected to Barragan.

Additionally, a four-pound seizure occurred on May 12, 2014 in Tyler. 

Barragan’s fingerprints were later found on the packaging.  Barragan was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 28, 2015.

He was also ordered to hand over $50,000 in cash and a vehicle.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Ann Cozby and Ryan Locker.


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