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For Immediate Release

December 06, 2018

Craig Beam, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Kansas (913) 551-6581;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Service Arrest Man Wanted by the DEA for Distribution of Methamphetamine

Topeka, KS – On Tuesday, December 4th, the Kansas Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (KFATF), Topeka Division arrested Ryan Barranco, age 33, in Topeka, Kansas. Barranco was wanted on an arrest warrant issued on November 14, 2018 by the United States District Court in Kansas, for charges of distribution of a controlled substance. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requested the assistance of the KFATF in locating and arresting Barranco. Barranco allegedly distributed quantities of methamphetamine in Topeka, KS. Barranco has a history of violence in his background, to include an arrest for aggravated assault in 2013 and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon in 2015.

Following up on leads, the KFATF was able to locate Barranco at a hotel in Topeka, KS. Barranco was observed leaving the hotel with several associates. Barranco and his associates were observed attempting to force entry into a vehicle later discovered to be stolen. KFATF, with assistance with the Topeka Police Department and Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a coordinated takedown leading to the arrest of Barranco and several of his associates. The arrests led to the seizure of two firearms, methamphetamine, large quantities of U.S. currency, and a stolen vehicle. He was booked into jail and has had his initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge. Serving arrest warrants on violent offenders and drug dealers is a top priority of the United States Marshals Service.

The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force comprised of the United States Marshals Service, Topeka Police Department, Kansas Department of Corrections, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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