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An El Sobrante man was sentenced in federal court in Oakland Thursday to nine years in prison for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine as a result of a multi-agency undercover sting, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Daniel Barnett was arrested in Richmond on June 12 on a federal warrant for selling illegal drugs to an undercover agent as well as in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision last year.
On Sept. 25, Barnett pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. His arrest was a result of Operation Gideon III, a joint effort between Oakland police, Richmond police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). During the undercover operation, Barnett admitted to undercover officers his involvement in the hit-and-run death of a wheelchair-bound man in Richmond in September 2011.
That admission and additional evidence led to Barnett’s arrest for the death of Richmond man David Cox, 52, who was struck as he crossed the intersection of 34th Street and Esmond Avenue in Richmond on the evening of Sept. 23, 2011, according to police. Contra Costa County prosecutors charged Barnett with felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run with enhancements, police said. Barnett, who begins serving his sentence immediately, will serve nine years for drug trafficking as well as a four-year period of supervised release.
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