Drug Agents Arrest Former Pakistani Inmate, Confiscate Large Amount Of Marijuana In South Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A Huntsville man once in trouble with police in Pakistan is now defending himself to sheriff's deputies in Madison County.  Matthew Barrett spent time in a Pakistani jail in 2011.  Madison County deputies arrested Barrett on Thursday for drug charges.

Drug agents believe the streets of Huntsville are safer with Barrett behind bars. Agents were able to arrest Barrett based on what they found during an undercover investigation.

WHNT NEWS 19's Venton Blandin talked to sheriff's deputies about what they found. He also talked to Barrett. Barrett begged WHNT NEWS 19 to not run the drug arrest story, saying it's part of a misunderstanding.

Barrett had a lot to say in Pakistan more than a year ago when he was accused of espionage and going into the country's restricted area.

The 28-year-old was quick to open his mouth again, but this time in front of WHNT NEWS 19's camera in Huntsville.

"Hey Matthew, what have you been up to since getting back to Huntsville," asked WHNT NEWS 19 Reporter Venton Blandin.

Matthew Barrett's arrest mugshot (Madison County Detention Center)

Matthew Barrett's arrest mugshot (Madison County Detention Center)

Barrett replied, "Man, just being deliberately abused. Just talk to my wife. Please don't print this."

WHNT NEWS 19 talked with Barrett's wife, but first wanted to hear from investigators with the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Drug agents told WHNT NEWS 19 they found hydrocodone, LSD and four pounds of marijuana in Barrett's home on Whitesburg Drive.

'It's possibly a mid to high-grade marijuana. The pain medication, hydrocodone pills, of course is prescribed medication you get from a pharmacy," said Sgt. Brian Chaffin.

Deputies charged Barrett with drug trafficking and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

We told Barrett the story would be on television.

"I know, man. Help me out, man," Barrett replied. "You know the situation I came back into when I came back to this country."

Barrett is being held in the Madison County Detention Center without bond.