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Crystal Lake man gets 6 years in prison for possessing large amount of cocaine

Carmen Gutierrez, 45, of Crystal Lake.

A Crystal Lake man was sentenced to six years in prison after federal and local authorities raided his home and found almost 300 grams of cocaine.

Carmen J. Gutierrez, 45, of the 500 block of Darlington Lane in Crystal Lake, was originally charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver 100-400 grams of cocaine and unlawful possession of cocaine between 100-400 grams of cocaine.

He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of unlawful possession with intent to deliver 15-100 grams of cocaine during a negotiated plea deal in front of McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt.

A search warrant was executed at Gutierrez’s residence on October 23 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Crystal Lake Police Department.

Officers located a ‘large amount’ of cocaine along with scales and packaging materials, prosecutors said. Court documents show officers seized 283 grams of cocaine from the home.

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Gutierrez was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will be required to pay $2,640 in court costs and fines.

The case was prosecuted by Brian Miller and Brette Dunbar of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, and investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Crystal Lake Police Department.


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