Illinois man sentenced to 10 years for distributing methamphetamine in Rock County

MADISON --  29-year-old Jonathan Barrera-Gomez of South Beloit, Ill., was sentenced Tuesday, March 29th to a mandatory minimum 10 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine in Rock County.   Barrera-Gomez pleaded guilty to this charge on January 19, 2016.

Between June and October 2015, a confidential informant working with law enforcement officers purchased methamphetamine from Barrera-Gomez on 14 occasions.  The total amount purchased was over one kilogram.  An analysis from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s crime lab revealed that the methamphetamine was 100% pure.

Barrera-Gomez stored the methamphetamine at his home in Northern Illinois and drove to Rock County to distribute it.  When officers executed a warrant at his home, they recovered cocaine, methamphetamine, a digital scale, a drug ledger, and two firearms.

Barrera-Gomez is subject to deportation to Mexico upon completion of his sentence.

The charges against Barrera-Gomez are the result of an investigation conducted by G-ROC, a task force formed through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative, to address gang and drug-related violence in Rock County through the coordination of investigations among local and federal law enforcement agencies. Its members include the FBI; Rock County Sheriff’s Office; Rock County District Attorney’s Office; Beloit Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.