August 4, 2023
State of Florida v. Carlos Luis Barada
Case Number: 2022 305401 CFDB
Prolific Felony Offender Convicted of Armed Trafficking in Drugs
DAYTONA BEACH – After a two-day trial this afternoon, a Volusia County jury found defendant Carlos Barada guilty of six felony counts, which included Armed Trafficking in Fentanyl, Armed Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Carrying a Concealed Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Possession of Firearm by Convicted In-State Felon. Barada was also convicted of two misdemeanors. Immediately following the verdict, the defendant was sentenced to life in prison for the crimes.
On November 16, 2022, a Daytona Beach Police Officer attempted to pull over the defendant’s vehicle on North Street, but Barada did not stop and ultimately crashed into a street sign down the road. The officer located the vehicle and began approaching it, but the defendant got out and ran away.
Once the officer caught up to Barada, they got into a physical struggle during which the defendant tried multiple times to reach for a gun that was at his waistband.
Other officers eventually arrived on scene and were able to arrest Barada. They then recovered two guns in the defendant’s possession, including a loaded AK-47 rifle, as well as ammunition, more than 160 grams of Fentanyl and almost 200 grams of Methamphetamine.
“This is an extremely dangerous individual," State Attorney R.J. Larizza said about the defendant. "He traffics in fentanyl while armed with a firearm, flees from Law Enforcement and now he is on his way to Polk County to face murder charges. This scary individual will no longer be roaming our streets - he will die in our state prison system.”
The case was investigated by the Daytona Beach Police Department. Assistant State Attorney Ashley Terwilleger successfully tried the case for the state. The Honorable Karen Foxman presided over the case and pronounced sentence.
At the time of his arrest in Daytona Beach, it was determined that Barada had active warrants out of Polk County for First-Degree Murder and other charges, which he was indicted on and still faces in Florida’s Tenth Judicial Circui
For more information contact:
Bryan Shorstein | Executive Director//PIO | Office of State Attorney R.J. Larizza, Florida's Seventh Judicial Circuit | SAOPIO@SAO7.org