Mother Arrested For Concealing $30,000 Worth Of Drugs On Her Children During Traffic Stop, Prosecutors Say

Photo Credit: Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office

An Ohio mother was apprehended after authorities discovered an estimated $30,000 worth of illegal pharmaceutical drugs hidden on her children, reports Law & Crime

Victoria N. Barrientos, 27, was initially charged with engaging in

“corrupt activity, fentanyl trafficking, and money laundering.”

She now faces additional charges which were brought forth during her appearance in Zanesville Municipal Court, Wednesday. The new charges include,

“encompass endangering children, corrupting a child with drugs, drug trafficking within a school zone, and drug possession,”

relating to her arrest. 

Despite a judge’s ruling to have Barrientos’s bond reduced from $750,000 to $500,000, prosecutors sought to increase it to $1 million following the latest charges. The Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office also revealed that Barrientos has an extensive criminal rap sheet, including convictions for drug-related offenses and money laundering. 

After serving time in prison for money laundering on behalf of her boyfriend, Deangelo ‘D-Lo’ Tellis, who is currently serving a 15-year sentence for corrupt activity and narcotics trafficking, Barrientos allegedly returned to the drug trafficking scene. For almost a year, detectives from the Zanesville/Muskingum County Joint Drug Unit and CODE Task Force closely monitored her

“drug operation,”


“the gradual reintroduction of her boyfriend’s Columbus-based associates to the Muskingum County area.”

According to prosecutors, based on the evidence gathered during the investigation, authorities conducted a traffic stop on Barrientos’ vehicle on Monday. This occurred while she was en route to Zanesville in an attempt to regain custody of one of her children.

“Children’s Services arrived at the stop because Barrientos had other children with her who needed to be placed in proper care. While sorting through the children’s care items, caseworkers found a large quantity of suspected suboxone strips which had been individually bagged for distribution,”

the release states.

“Suboxone is a street drug of abuse marketed by pharmaceutical companies as an alternative to opiates. The drugs planted on the child have an estimated prison value of $30,000.”

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