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2 arrested, accused of trafficking in cocaine

Sheriff's investigators announced Tuesday that they have crippled a major narcotics operation supplying cocaine to Tampa, Brandon and the area around the University of South Florida.

A three-week investigation resulted in the arrests Monday of Jose Angel Barrientos, 45, and his nephew, Jose B. Barrientos, 33, on charges of trafficking in cocaine and conspiring to traffic in cocaine.

Sheriff's investigators said they capped off their investigation by executing a search warrant Monday at the men's stash house, 5431 Bishop Road, Lot 3, in Wimauma.

They seized 14 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $314,000, as well as 60 grams of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia, sheriff's officials said.

Jose Angel Barrientos, a self-employed painter, and his nephew, listed in jail records as a day laborer, were arrested late Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, Judge Walter Heinrich ordered they be held in the Orient Road jail without bail.

Jail records show Jose B. Barrientos, of 929 Balaye Ridge Circle in the Palm River area, was arrested in 2002 on cocaine trafficking charges. In 2004, a judge sentenced him to five years' probation and fined him $525,000, according to state criminal records.

Jose Angel Barrientos, of 104 S Clark Ave. in Tampa, was sentenced to probation after a 2002 arrest for marijuana trafficking, state records show.

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