Vegas man arrested on felony drug, theft charges

March 25, 2019

A Las Vegas man is behind bars after Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him on drug and theft charges after a traffic stop where his son was found in the vehicle.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, Javier Barragan, 34, is facing charges of theft, possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Officials said that at about 6:15 p.m., Sunday, March 17, deputies saw a black truck turning onto Pierce Ferry Road from Highway 93. The truck was towing a flatbed style trailer and deputies observed the trailer did not have a visible license plate.

When deputies stopped the truck, they spoke with Barragan and saw that his juvenile son was in the vehicle.

Barragan allegedly claimed the license plate for the trailer was at a property a short drive away and deputies followed him to the property. During the drive, deputies conducted a records check of the truck and discovered the license plate displayed was reported stolen out of Las Vegas. When they arrived at the property, deputies handcuffed Barragan and placed him in their vehicle. A records check of the truck’s vehicle identification number also came back stolen out of Las Vegas. A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun and two small baggies containing methamphetamine.

Another vehicle on the property, which Barragan claimed was his, had a license plate that also was reported stolen out of Las Vegas. Detectives responded to the scene and a search warrant was drafted for the property.

Another flatbed style trailer was located on the property and a records check revealed it was stolen as well. The child’s mother was called and responded to meet deputies to take custody of the boy.

Barragan was arrested and booked without incident. He is being held in the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility on $5,000 bond.

This investigation is ongoing.

Scott Shindledecker may be reached at 928-453-4257, ext. 252, or at sshindledecker@havasunews.com.