The leader of a massive heroin and money laundering conspiracy is heading to federal prison. 46-year-old Jesus Gutierrez pleaded guilty on April 26, 2018, to trafficking heroin and conspiracy to launder money. Today, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
At the time of his plea, the court learned that he had been part of a significant, long-term heroin distribution ring operating in Robstown. Evidence also showed that on October 4, 2017, authorities seized approximately one kilogram of heroin and almost $100,000 during the arrests related to this investigation.
Gutierrez and his nephew, 31-year-old Enrique Gutierrez Jr., regularly obtained kilogram quantities of heroin during the conspiracy that was then distributed via the other defendants. The overall scope of the conspiracy was estimated to be between 10-30 kilograms of heroin. The conspiracy operated between April 2016 and October 2017.
Enrique Gutierrez Jr. was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. He had previously pleaded guilty to the same heroin conspiracy as well as conspiracy to launder money. In assessing the sentences, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos pointed to the large amount of heroin distributed in this conspiracy and its devastating impact on the community and families.
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