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Heroin dealer found with 40 guns sentenced to over 5 years

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 34-year-old Jacksonville man has been sentenced to five years and five months in federal prison on drug and weapons charges.

Matthew Barker pleaded guilty May 24 to distributing heroin and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, during July 2016, detectives from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating Barker for selling heroin and firearms in Jacksonville.

Task force agents purchased almost 7 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl for $1,500 and a .40 caliber pistol from Barker.

FBI SWAT team members later executed a search warrant at Barker’s home and recovered more than 40 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. All of the firearms and ammunition were forfeited to the government. 

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.