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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Golden Meadow pleads guilty to drug and weapon charges

Golden Meadow pleads guilty to drug and weapon charges

A Golden Meadow man facing trial on serious drug and weapon offenses pled guilty July 19.

Daniel Barrios, 46, pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison on the distribution charge, 20 years for the firearm plea and five years for possession, with all sentences running concurrently.

“Mr. Barrios has a long history of drug related offenses and it was time for him to go away for a while,” said Assistant District Attorney Ben Caillouet, who prosecuted the case. “With a 25 year sentence to serve, the people of our parish and the officers who helped out so much on this case can breathe a sigh of relief.”

Methamphetamine was found in Barrios’ vehicle during a January 17, 2015 traffic stop, leading to the possession charge. On March 4, 2015, a female victim who had been in the defendant’s car called law enforcement and alleged that Barrios had threatened her with a gun.

The defendant’s vehicle was stopped a short time after and a .38 revolver was located in the center console. Barrios, who had been convicted of second-degree battery in 2012, was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Finally, Barrios was arrested on May 13, 2015 after an undercover investigation by the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force, in which the defendant sold a quantity of methamphetamine to a confidential informant.

District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II said he was satisfied with the sentence.

“We are glad that this man is now off the streets for the foreseeable future,” Morvant said. “It’s a case where good police work made our cases strong, and I don’t think the defendant had much choice but to face the consequences of his acts.”