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United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that DANIEL PATRICK GUTIERREZ, age 36, of Cheyenne, Wyoming was found guilty by a federal jury for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, using and carrying a firearm during and relation to a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm. The trial lasted five days, March 21-25, 2022, before Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Sentencing has been set for June 13, 2022.

In December 2020, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation began an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in Natrona County. The investigation revealed that Gutierrez of Cheyenne was purchasing pound-quantities of methamphetamine in the Denver, Colorado area. He would often trade firearms for methamphetamine. Gutierrez, with the help of his co-conspirators, was responsible for the distribution of multiple pounds of methamphetamine in the Cheyenne and Casper areas.

Gutierrez had been twice before convicted of distribution of controlled substances, and he faces an enhanced mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25 years on his drug trafficking crimes as a result, which will be served consecutively to a mandatory minimum 5-year prison sentence for using firearms during and in relation to a federal drug crime. In addition, he could be ordered to pay up to $10 million in fines and $400 in special assessments and to serve five years to life of supervised release.

This crime was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Casper Police Department, Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cheyenne Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christyne M. Martens and Margaret M. Vierbuchen.

Case Number: 0:22-cr-00007-ABJ