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Spokane stand-off suspect was criminal informant who broke agreement with police

SPOKANE, Wash. - The suspect that prompted a two and half hour police stand-off near the intersection of Empire and Addison in North Spokane ended up in custody on Tuesday night, after SWAT teams used tear gas to get him out. 

The suspect, now identified as 33-year old Juan Barragan, appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon charged with first degree theft. His bail was set at $50,000.

According to court documents, Barragan had been arrested Sunday for possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (heroin and meth). 

Shortly after his arrest, he agreed to be a criminal informant in order to not be federally charged. 

On Tuesday, he was released from jail to aid the Spokane Police Drug Task Force, PACT and DEA in going after narcotics traffickers by performing a controlled purchase of narcotics coming from Yakima County. 

In order to perform the task, Barragan was given $6,000 in police money plus additional money to rent a motel room, where he would meet the traffickers, under constant surveillance from law enforcement. 

According to court documents, Barragan rented the room, but left the motel and broke the agreement he had made with law enforcement. 

He wound up going to his ex-girlfriends house, with police close behind. He refused to be taken into custody at first and a stand-off ensued. 

Police say it ended without injury and couldn't have gone any better. 

The $6,000 was recovered. 

Barragan's next court appearance will be Jan. 23. 
 


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