An Amarillo man has been sentenced to life in prison for trafficking methamphetamine.
45-year-old Mandis Charles Barrow was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, and one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth.
On February 18th, 2021 a traffic stop was conducted on Barrow’s vehicle. The officer making the stop suspected drugs inside the vehicle and requested a canine officer.
During a search of the vehicle, police located $15,000 and a baggie of meth inside the glove box, and a shoebox in the trunk that contained approximately 8.8 pounds of meth.
Barrow was arrested following the search and while in custody, Barrow made phone calls to a family member requesting evidence be removed from his home.
Evidence shows that in October 2022, a search of Barrow’s home was conducted. 108 grams of fentanyl, 853 grams of cocaine, and 2,944 grams of meth were located in his kitchen.
Evidence presented at the trial showed that during an interview Barrow admitted to being involved in the distribution of large amounts of controlled substances, including, meth, cocaine, and pills containing fentanyl.
During sentencing, Judge Kacsmaryk stated that the life sentence for Barrow was based on the defendant’s long and violent criminal history starting when he was 18.
Barrow’s first violent conviction was aggravated robbery, where the defendant robbed a man at gunpoint and forced the man into the man’s residence where Barrow took by force all of the man’s money, around $46. Barrow also had a prior conviction for assaulting a man by pulling him from a vehicle and beating him, even when unconscious. Barrow has two prior drug distribution convictions, one of those federal.
Significantly, the court stated that Barrow engaged in drug trafficking and violence his “whole adult life.”