Kenneth Russell Barr, Jr., a 55-year-old resident of Kaufman, has been sentenced to 97 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine near a drug-free zone, specifically Kaufman High School. The sentencing was announced on Monday by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Leigha Simonton.
Barr pleaded guilty in May to the charge of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine. The illegal activity took place within 1000 feet of Kaufman High School, a public secondary school. The sentencing was conducted by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay.
Court documents reveal that law enforcement seized methamphetamine delivered by Barr during the weeks of May 2 and May 16, 2022. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at Barr’s residence, leading to the discovery of approximately 353 grams of methamphetamine. Additionally, multiple firearms were found at the residence. As part of his guilty plea, Barr acknowledged being a convicted felon and admitted to knowing he was prohibited from possessing firearms. He also confessed to distributing methamphetamine within the proximity of Kaufman High School.
The investigation was carried out by the Texas Department of Public Safety, with support from the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department and the Kaufman Police Department.