MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Jose Ramon Gutierrez, 33, entered a guilty plea to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of 21 United States Code Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A) and 2, punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years to life, a fine of $10,000,000.00, or both, a mandatory term of supervised release of at least 5 years, and a special assessment in the amount of $100.00.
The Indictment alleged that on or about March 12, 2021, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper observed a white Mazda CX-9 speeding eastbound on I-40 near Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The trooper stopped the Mazda (which had a driver and passenger in it) for the traffic violation, and the trooper smelled marijuana when speaking with the driver of the car, which was a rental car. Due to the smell of marijuana, a search of the vehicle was conducted, and the search led to the recovery of two THC vape pens, four cell phones, and a gray Oakley backpack from the rear cargo area. Inside the backpack, twenty vacuum-sealed clear packages containing a crystalline substance were found. A presumptive field test indicated that the substance contained methamphetamine weighing approximately 10.5 gross kilograms (including packaging). During a subsequent interview, the defendant admitted that he rented the car and had travelled to Alabama with the driver on a previous occasion.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Honorable Kimberley West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Conway represented the United States.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of Oklahoma