Man Lands 60 Years in Prison For Fentanyl and Weapons Trafficking in Buda, Texas

Buda, Texas — A man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for one charge and an additional 50 years on another charge on Friday. The authorities say that the convicted man is a repeat offender.

District Attorney Kelly Higgins said on Friday that Tony Robert Barrera III, aged 44, has been convicted of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute, leading to a 60-year imprisonment.

Barrera was additionally convicted of the crime of possessing a firearm as a felon, resulting in an additional 50 years of imprisonment for him.

Barrera has been arrested before. Before this incident, he had been arrested on five occasions from 2001 to 2003 for offenses including criminal trespassing, using false representations to acquire credit, and refusal to identify as a fugitive from justice. Barrera also ran away from the police to evade capture after he had an outstanding warrant.

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In addition, he was apprehended in 2022 in Hays County and had previously been designated as “armed and dangerous” by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The San Marcos Police Department and the Buda Police Department conducted investigations into his recent criminal activities. Two assistant district attorneys conducted the prosecution.

“We acknowledge and value the diligent efforts of the jury, as well as the committed endeavors of the law enforcement agencies involved in this case.” “Assistant District Attorney Christopher Griffith expressed his hope that the verdict in this case will have a strong impact on individuals involved in narcotics, particularly fentanyl, in Hays County, prompting them to reevaluate their behavior.”

Criminal district attorney Kelly Higgins also articulated her position on penalizing those in possession of the substance, pledging “severe repercussions” for any violators.

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