California Woman Sentenced to 192 Months in Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Case
One codefendant to be sentenced later this year; three others sentenced to prison
POCATELLO - Reynalda Estrada-Gutierrez, 38, of Bakersfield, California, was sentenced today to 192 months in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Estrada-Gutierrez to forfeit $92,880 in cash proceeds of the charged offenses, and imposed a $500 fine. Judge Winmill further ordered Estrada-Gutierrez to turn over a firearm she possessed in connection with her crimes, and to forfeit her residence, which was acquired with drug trafficking proceeds and used to launder money. Judge Winmill ordered Estrada-Gutierrez to serve five years of supervised release if she is not deported to Mexico once she has completed her prison term. She pleaded guilty on December 9, 2014.
According to court records, Estrada-Gutierrez distributed just over 900 grams of methamphetamine in the Burley, Idaho, area between April and November 2013. During the same time period, she arranged to be paid for the methamphetamine through cash deposits and wire transfers into various bank accounts. Estrada-Gutierrez’s codefendants have all pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug trafficking and money laundering activities.
Codefendant Angelina Nava was sentenced January 15, 2015, to 28 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Codefendant Porfirio Gutierrez was sentenced on March 10, 2015, to 90 months in prison and four years of supervised release. Codefendant Raquel Rios was sentenced on November 18, 2014, to 27 months in prison. The last codefendant, Araxy Suarez, is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello on June 2, 2015.
The case was investigated by the Minidoka and Cassia County Sheriffs’ Offices and Idaho State Police, with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.