John Barrera-Jerez, 36, was serving time for drug conviction


Another inmate has walked away from the minimum security satellite camp at the Taft Correctional Institution.

John Barrera-Jerez, 36, was missing when TCI staff conducted an inmate count at 4:32 p.m. on Monday, prison spokesman Dale Patrick said.

Barrena-Jerez was serving a 7-year term for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and had been at Taft since July 8, 2014. His projected release date was February 23, 2019, Patrick said.

Barrena-Jerez is described as a white male of Hispanic origin. He is 5’7” tall, has black hair, brown eyes, and weighs approximately 267 lbs. He has the following scars/tattoos: flag with stars on his upper right arm, flag with 5 stars on his top left arm, barbed wire band on his top left arm and S on his stomach.

He has used the following aliases: John Barrena, El Gordo, and John Barrena Jerez.

If anyone suspects they have seen this individual or obtains information as to his location, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, or any law enforcement agency.

The satellite camp is a minimum-security facility that generally houses approximately 550 low risk federal inmates with shorter sentences, Patrick said.

The facility does not have a perimeter security fence or armed posts.