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Posted at 4:35 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Pr. Geo.'s cocaine dealer gets life in prison

By Washington Post editors

A federal judge has sentenced a cocaine dealer to life in prison after he was convicted last year of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, money laundering and other charges.

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte also ordered 45-year-old David Barren to forfeit $1.2 million in proceeds from the illegal activity, including a Pennsylvania property.

Barren, who is also known as “James Willie Jones” and “Vincent Hutchins,” is a resident of Upper Marlboro.

Prosecutors say Barren distributed more than 500 pounds of cocaine from May 2004 to 2005 and had couriers bring the drugs to his Maryland home. They add that he used cars with special hiding places to conceal the drugs, and hid his assets by putting a home in his brother's name and at least once titling a vehicle in a courier's name.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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