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California Man Charged with Mailing Fentanyl Pills to PA

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

ERIE, Pa. – A former resident of California has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Victor Daniel Gutierrez, 47, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment presented to the court, between May 28, 2020 and June 8, 2020, Gutierrez conspired to possess with intent to distribute and distribute forty grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. The charge is based on an intercepted United States Mail parcel that Gutierrez shipped to Pennsylvania from California containing approximately 340 grams of fentanyl pills.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2020

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