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Fairfield County Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILFREDO GUTIERREZ, also known as “Bean” and “Big Pun,” 40, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.

This matter stems from an investigation headed by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Stamford Police Department, Norwalk Police Department and Connecticut State Police. The investigation included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical surveillance.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between approximately September 2015 and May 2016, GUTIERREZ and others, including his brother Bobby Gutierrez, also known as “B.O.,” conspired to distribute at least 10 kilograms of heroin in Fairfield County.

GUTIERREZ’s criminal history dates to 1994 and includes multiple state drug convictions for which he has served a total of more than 16 years in prison In July 2011, GUTIERREZ was sentenced to nine years of incarceration and 11 years of special parole for violating Connecticut’s Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Activity Act (“CORA”) and sale of a controlled substance. He was released to a halfway house on August 27, 2015. While in the halfway house, GUTIERREZ continued to coordinate the acquisition of heroin from individuals in the Bronx, and the distribution of the drug in Fairfield County. On December 21, 2015, he was returned to custody for a technical violation of his parole, and he continued his involvement in the acquisition and sale of heroin.

On May 26, 2016, a search of B&B Deli in Bridgeport, which was owned by the Gutierrez family and served as a hub for their drug dealing, revealed two digital scales, two large ziplock bags containing what appeared to be cutting agents, and five cellular telephones.

WILFREDO GUTIERREZ, Bobby Gutierrez and seven others were charged as a result of the investigation. All pleaded guilty. Bobby Gutierrez is detained while awaiting sentencing.

On November 22, 2016, WILFREDO GUTIERREZ pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

Judge Bolden ordered GUTIERREZ’s federal sentence to run concurrently with his state sentence.

The DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force includes members from the Bridgeport, Stamford, Stratford, Norwalk, Milford and Trumbull Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony Kaplan and Heather Cherry.

Updated March 16, 2017

Drug Trafficking