BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 40-year-old man who was trafficking heroin as part of a drug ring operating out of his family's deli in Bridgeport will serve 15 years in federal prison, prosecutors said Thursday.
Wilfredo Gutierrez, also known as “Bean” and “Big Pun,” was committing the crimes all while living in a state halfway house, said U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.
He was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to five years of supervised release after his prison term, Daly said.
From September 2015 to May 2016, Gutierrez and others, including his brother Bobby Gutierrez, also known as “B.O.,” conspired to distribute at least 10 kilograms of heroin across Fairfield County, according to court documents and statements made in court.
His criminal history dates to 1994 and includes multiple state drug convictions with more than 16 years in prison.
In July 2011, Gutierrez was sentenced to nine years in prison and 11 years of special parole for violating Connecticut’s Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Activity Act and sale of a controlled substance.
He was released to a halfway house on Aug. 27, 2015. While in the halfway house, he continued to coordinate the acquisition of heroin from individuals in the Bronx, N.Y., and the distribution of the drug in Fairfield County.
On Dec. 21, 2015, he was returned to custody for a technical violation of his parole, and he continued his involvement in the acquisition and sale of heroin.
On May 26, 2016, a search of B&B Deli in Bridgeport, which was owned by the Gutierrez family and served as a hub for their drug dealing, turned up two digital scales, two large ziplock bags containing what appeared to be cutting agents, and five cellular telephones.
Wilfredo Gutierrez, Bobby Gutierrez and seven others were charged, and all pleaded guilty. Bobby Gutierrez is detained while awaiting sentencing.
On Nov. 22, 2016, Wilfredo Gutierrez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.
Bolden ordered Wilfredo Gutierrez's federal sentence to run concurrently with his state sentence.
The matter stems from an investigation headed by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Stamford Police Department, Norwalk Police Department and Connecticut State Police. The investigation included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical surveillance.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony Kaplan and Heather Cherry.