3 Winston County men sentenced to prison on drug charges
by Rachel Davis
Jun 07, 2013 | 2684 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three Winston County men have been sentenced after pleading guilty to drug charges, and a fourth will be sentenced following arrests for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine across several counties in northwest Alabama.

Ishar Gutierrez-Pineda, 34, of Haleyville; Gary Dale Bartlett, 51, of Arley; and Emerito Cabrera, 24, of Russellville, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, possession, distribution and trafficking in February.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler of the Alabama Northern District sentenced Gutierrez-Pineda to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for those charges, as well as being an illegal immigrant in possession of a firearm; Cabrera, an American citizen, was sentenced to three years in prison for the conspiracy charge and one count of distributing methamphetamine; and Bartlett was sentenced to two years in federal prison on his charges.

A fourth member of the group is scheduled to be sentenced next month. The Winston County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation was ongoing and began in the spring of 2012. The investigation spans much of northwest Alabama and includes the combined efforts of the Winston County, Franklin County and Morgan County sheriff’s offices, the Russellville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In addition to the arrests, the departments were able to recover approximately eight pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine.