Published on June 3rd, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
3 men sentenced to prison in northwest Alabama drug trafficking conspiracy
Three of four men charged with trafficking meth, cocaine and “crack” in several northwest Alabama counties were sentenced today in federal court.
Ismar Gutierrez-Pineda, 34, of Haleyville; Gary Dale Bartlett, 51, of Arley; and Emerito Cabrera, 24, of Russellville, took part in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 28 grams of “crack” cocaine in Franklin, Cleburne and Winston counties.
A fourth man involved in the conspiracy, Edwin Isidro Alfaro-Enriquez, 42, of Littleville, is scheduled for sentencing July 30.
The conspiracy took place between August 2011 and November 2012. All four men pleaded guilty in February.
U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay A. Morris this afternoon announced the three men’s sentences that were handed down by U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler.
Gutierrez-Pineda was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison on conspiracy and individual drug distribution charges, along with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.
According to his indictment, he had four firearms – a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, a .45 caliber Copperhill pistol, a .22 caliber Marlin rifle and a Savage 7mm rifle – in Winston County.
He was represented by attorneys in the federal public defender’s office. Northern District of Alabama Federal Public Defender Kevin Butler declined to comment on the case.
Bartlett was sentenced to two years in prison.
“My client was basically a user, and he was observed at the residence one day,” his attorney Jim O’Kelley said. “His name had never really come up until then.”
Bartlett cooperated with law enforcement and received a lesser sentence, O’Kelley said.
Cabrera was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy and one count each of distributing methamphetamine.
Cabrera’s attorney Bill Brown said his client, who is an American citizen, had no criminal history.
“This young man had never been in trouble before,” Brown said. He just got enamored with some of the big dogs that had money, cars and women. He was unemployed for a while and had to pay his bills and support his family, four brothers and sisters.”
The year-long investigation concluded with the seizure of 7 pounds of methamphetamine, several ounces of cocaine, firearms and vehicles.
The DEA, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Russellville Police Department, Alabama State Troopers, and the Winston County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Felton is prosecuting.
Source: blog.al.com “3 men sentenced to prison in northwest Alabama drug trafficking conspiracy,” June 3, 2013