Mr. Barron began his career as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1991. He first served in the Tucson Resident Agency where he investigated major Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations operating along the Southwest Border. In 1996, SA Barron was transferred to San Juan, Puerto Rico where he investigated major Colombian and Dominican Drug Trafficking Organizations importing cocaine through the Commonwealth into the United States (US). During this tenure, he worked at the Puerto Rico US Virgin Island High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Information Coordination Center and was an integral part of the center being recognized as the Intelligence Support Center of the year in 1998 by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
In 1999, SA Barron was promoted to FBI Headquarters as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Drug Intelligence Unit within the Criminal Investigative Division. During this time he provided program oversight over the Drug Intelligence Groups operating within numerous FBI offices. Following the events of 9/11, Mr. Barron was appointed by FBI Executive Management as the head of a telephone analysis unit at FBIHQ. This unit was involved in the review of all aspects relating to the communications associated with the 19 hijackers while in the US. Mr. Barron’s work led to the identification of other individuals in the US with ties to the al-Qa’ida network. In 2002, Mr. Barron transferred to the Office of International Operations where he had program oversight over the FBI Legal Attaché Offices in Central and South America. He also served overseas in support of the Legat program in Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.
In 2003, Mr. Barron was promoted to Houston where he served as the Intelligence Program Manager over the Field Intelligence Group. He had day to day oversight of 100 individuals involved in all aspects of the intelligence program. In 2007, Mr. Barron was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Intelligence Program in the Houston Division. In 2007, he was selected as a member of the Strategic Execution Team. In 2008, he was selected as a subject matter expert for SET 2.0. In 2009, Mr. Barron was selected as a member of the SET Transformation Team ASAC Field Advisory Group. In 2011, Mr. Barron was assigned as ASAC of the Criminal Program in the Houston Division, consisting of White Collar Crime, Violent Crime, Gangs/Criminal Enterprises, Organized Crime and Civil Rights matters.
Mr. Barron has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara (1989); Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature, University of California at Davis (1991). He has received the Director’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Law Enforcement Community (2004); HIDTA ISC of the Year Award (2004); featured in a positive Los Angeles Times Article on the FBI’s Intelligence Program entitled “FBI Races the Clock to Reinvent Itself” (2006). He is married to Houston SA Shauna Dunlap and has 3 children.