Drug Enforcement Administration

Seattle

Keith R. Weis, Special Agent in Charge

May 15, 2013

Contact: Public Information Officer

Phone Number: (206) 553-5443

Colorado Man Sentenced To 186 Months Prison In Methamphetamine Conspiracy

MAY 15 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Mario Gutierrez, 40, from Northglenn, Colorado, was sentenced on May 10, 2103, in U.S. District Court to 186 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Gutierrez had previously pled guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of drug conspiracy and one count of money laundering.

Between August 2009 and November 2011, Gutierrez sent methamphetamine from the Denver, Colorado, area to co-conspirator Jess Baird located in Fairbanks. Baird would pay for the methamphetamine by depositing cash into Gutierrez’s Wells Fargo bank account at bank branches in Fairbanks, and Gutierrez would withdraw the money in Colorado. Between July 2009 and August 2010, $347,000 in cash had been deposited into Gutierrez’s Wells Fargo bank account at bank branches in Fairbanks.

In October 2012, Gutierrez’ co-conspirator Jess Baird of Fairbanks was sentenced in Fairbanks U.S District Court to 91 months prison and three years of supervised release for his role in the money laundering and drug trafficking conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the United States Postal Service, the North Pole and Fairbanks Police Departments, and Alaska State Troopers.

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