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Update to Parker County Fentanyl Trafficking Arrests

Update to Parker County Fentanyl Trafficking Arrests
November 08
15:05 2022

Two men at the center of an undercover narcotics investigation were arrested on new charges Monday.

Press Release for Original Arrests

NOVEMBER 8, 2022.

Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said investigators with the Parker County Special Crimes Unit initially arrested the men Oct. 31, following a search warrant at a residence near Springtown.
SCU investigators had been working on the case for several weeks sparked by an anonymous tip submitted to Parker County Crime Stoppers. The suspects, who were identified as Angel Ibarra,19, and Samuel Ibarra, 22, were also directly connected to selling and distributing illegal narcotics containing Fentanyl.

During investigators’ interviews with both suspects, they implicated themselves in selling and distributing tablets containing Fentanyl.
During a search warrant conducted last week at the home of the brothers, SCU investigators seized 67 tablets which tested positive for Fentanyl.

Following the search warrant and original arrests, Sheriff Authier stated he anticipated additional charges stemming from the investigation which were served Nov. 7, on both suspects, who were booked into the Parker County Jail.

Angel Ibarra’s new charge is a first-degree felony for manufacture delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1-B, 4 to 200 grams. His current bond is set at $50,000. Samuel Ibarra’s new charge is state jail felony for manufacture delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1-B, under 1gram. His current bond is set at $10,000.

As of Tuesday, both men remained incarcerated.

“These new charges are a direct result from the initial Special Crimes investigation,” said Sheriff Authier. “We are working closely with the Parker County District Attorney’s Office in this case and cases concerning drug trafficking.”

Sheriff Authier expressed his appreciation to the Crime Stoppers program.

“Crime Stoppers makes it possible for the community to call in anonymous tips about illegal activity in our community,” he said. “We are grateful for the program which has assisted law enforcement in initiating numerous cases, resulting in dozens of arrests. We encourage citizens to continue calling in anonymously to aid in our investigations.”