Valley Man Sentenced in Drug Trafficking Case after 14 Years On the Run

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WESLACO – A Rio Grande Valley man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison on drug charges after being 14 years on the run.

Romeo Eduardo Barrera, of Roma, was convicted of conspiring to possess and possession with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana after pleading guilty last year.

Barrera was indicted back in September 2002. He was released on bond but failed to appear for a pretrial conference. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2003.

According to court records, the 43-year-old was involved in an accident in the Valley last May. Police arrested Barrera after discovering the outstanding warrant.

He will also have to serve five years of supervised release after his 135-month prison sentence.

Barrera remains in custody and is expected to be transferred to a federal prison. 

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