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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shafter Man Convicted Of Possession With Intent To Distribute Four Pounds Of Methamphetamine

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Santos Acevedo Gutierrez, 41, resident of Shafter, pleaded guilty yesterday to possession with attempt to distribute methamphetamine and agreed to the forfeiture of over $10,123.

According to court documents, on April 30, 2014 Kern County Sheriff Deputies executed a search warrant at Gutierrez’s home in Shafter, CA and seized approximately four pounds of methamphetamine as well as a digital scale, packaging materials and over $10,000 in United States Currency.

Gutierrez is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on May 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM. Gutierrez faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables

This case was the product of the work of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 8, 2015