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Man sentenced to 15 1/2 years for shipping meth to Fairbanks

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 6:02 pm | Updated: 4:28 pm, Sat May 11, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A Colorado man was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in federal prison Friday for shipping some $347,000 in methamphetamine to Fairbanks from 2009 to 2010, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Mario Gutierrez, 40, of Northglen, Colo., previously pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy and one count of money laundering for sending meth from the Denver area to co-conspirator Jess Baird, of Fairbanks. The meth was paid for by about $347,000 that was deposited in Gutierrez' Wells Fargo account in Fairbanks, according to prosecutors.

Baird was sentenced to more than 7 1/2 years in October and faces an additional charge in Alaska state court for allegedly grabbing a gun from a Drug Enforcement Administration agent's holster.

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division, the DEA, the U.S. Postal Service and North Pole and Fairbanks police participated in the investigation.

"The sentencings of Mario Gutierrez and his associate, Jess Baird, should let criminals who traffic methamphetamine in our communities know that their prison sentences will reflect the harm they inflict," said Kenneth J. Hines, special agent in charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in Alaska in the news release. "The people of Fairbanks should know that the IRS remains committed to the federal law enforcement team fighting the scourge that is meth."

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