Kokomo man gets 25 years in federal drug case

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June 21 – A Kokomo man who police say sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant in 2020 was recently sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

The sentencing of Demario Barker, 33, comes after the defendant pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of distributing methamphetamine.

Barker’s charges stem from an investigation opened by the Kokomo Police Department in October 2019 into possible drug trafficking activities, according to federal court records.

It was around this time that KPD officials learned from a confidential source that a “big meth supplier” was meeting people at the Marathon gas station at the corner of Boulevard and Dixon streets, according to those same court records.

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It was later revealed that Barker was the individual involved in these drug deals.

Federal authorities from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration eventually became involved in the investigation, and law enforcement began making controlled purchases with Barker in June 2020, according to court documents.

On June 9, 2020, one of those purchases was allegedly made at Barker’s residence in the 1000 block of West Havens Street, while police say others were made at Barker’s “hideout” in the 1000 block of East Broadway Street, according to court records. .

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Some of these transactions exceeded 100 grams of methamphetamine, as well as thousands of dollars.

Police also noted in federal court papers that Barker was often in several different vehicles during the controlled purchases, and law enforcement officials believe those vehicles were purchased with the drug money.

On Nov. 30, 2020, law enforcement issued search warrants at Barker’s residences on Havens and Broadway streets, and they reportedly ended up seizing multiple loaded and unloaded firearms, as well as a pound of methamphetamine , according to court documents.

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Barker was out of town during these searches, but was later located and arrested without incident in Nevada, then extradited to Indiana.

Along with Barker’s prison sentence, he was also ordered to be monitored for five years after his release.

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