Shafter Man Sentenced to over 17 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking
FRESNO, Calif. —Santos Acevedo Gutierrez, 41, of Shafter, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neil to 17 years and six months in prison and the forfeiture of $10,123 for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, on April 30, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Gutierrez’s home in Shafter and seized approximately four pounds of methamphetamine as well as a digital scale, packaging materials and over $10,000 in United States Currency. Gutierrez was on federal supervised release after serving a prison sentence for a previous federal drug felony conviction at the time of the search.
“As this sentence makes clear, trafficking methamphetamine is a serious offense that will be punished with the fullest extent of the law,” said Michael Toms, resident agent in charge of HSI Bakersfield. “Left unchecked, this highly dangerous substance destroys lives and wreaks havoc on entire communities. HSI, together with its local law enforcement partners, is committed to using every tool and authority at its disposal to combat the menace posed by meth.”
This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.