Washington drug boss with ties to Jalisco New Generation Cartel pleads guilty

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

One of the leaders of a violent drug trafficking crew that distributed heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine in the Puget Sound region pleaded guilty on Monday, August 29. 37-year-old Jose Elias Barbosa, of Kent, Washington, faces a mandatory minimum ten years in prison and up to life in prison when he is sentenced on December 13, 2022.

In his plea agreement, Barbosa admitted he was one of the leaders of the drug crew, which had ties to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Mexico, one of the country’s most powerful crime groups.

In November 2019, Barbosa’s organization received a shipment of liquid methamphetamine concealed in candles. Barbosa helped crew members to extract the methamphetamine and cook it into crystal form at a Port Orchard, Washington location. Barbosa was responsible for the distribution of at least 55 pounds of methamphetamine, 600 grams of heroin, and fentanyl throughout Western Washington and elsewhere.

Barbosa also pursued those who owed drug debts to the organization. According to the plea agreement, on one occasion, Barbosa took a car from another crew member to satisfy a drug debt. Barbosa later threatened that same member.

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