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Sacramento man arrested in large-scale meth deal sentenced to prison

Sacramento resident Emilio Marquez Barba, 39, on Thursday was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

According to federal court documents, Barba organized a deal to sell 15 pounds of methamphetamine – $210,000 worth – to undercover agents in December 2013. He pleaded guilty on July 20, 2017.

Agents then raided Barba’s house after the bust, coming away with additional methamphetamine, cocaine packaged for distribution, marijuana and a pipe bomb, according to a Department of Justice news release. They also found weapons believed to belong to three co-conspirators, who all pleaded guilty.

Co-defendant Gabriel Vargas-Guerrero was sentenced to seven years in prison, while Mario Lopez-Ayala received five years and three months. Jose Jaime Diaz is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 7.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit and the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team collaborated on the bust. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd A. Pickles prosecuted the case in front of District Judge Troy L. Nunley.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel