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June 7, 2013

3 Winston Co. men sentenced for trafficking cocaine, meth

Three Winston County men are facing prison time for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine in several northwest Alabama counties.

Gary Dale Bartlett, 51, of Arley; Ishar Gutierrez-Pineda, 34, of Haleyville; and Emerito Cabrera, 24, of Russellville all face between 2-10 years in jail, per a recent sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler in Alabama Northern District court.

Bartlett was sentenced to two years in federal prison, and Cabrera was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy and one count of distributing methamphetamine. Gutierrez-Pineda, an illegal immigrant, was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison and also faced an illegal possession of a firearm charge.

Winston County Sheriff’s Office officials say the men participated in a conspiracy to distribute approximately eight pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine in Winston, Franklin and other counties.

All three men pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and individual drug distribution and possession charges in February 2013. A fourth man allegedly involved in the case will be sentenced in July.

Winston County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Wes Brown said the investigation began in the spring of 2012 as a cooperative effort between, the Winston, Franklin, and Morgan County Sheriff’s offices, the Russellville Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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