Man pleads guilty to sale of cocaine to informant

Published 11:06 am Friday, December 18, 2015

A Nebraska man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Freeborn County District Court to selling 6 ounces of cocaine to a South Central Drug Unit Task Force informant in 2010 in Albert Lea.

Pedro Cabrera Gutierrez, 29, pleaded guilty to third-degree sale of drugs in front of Judge Steven Schwab.

Pedro Gutierrez

Pedro Gutierrez

Gutierrez and another man, Angel Plascenia, reportedly sold the drug on April 1, 2010, at Trail’s Travel Center, according to court documents.

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After being advised of his Miranda rights, Plascenia reportedly admitted to driving to Albert Lea from Omaha and that he knew the purpose of going to Albert Lea was to deliver 6 ounces of cocaine.

When a deputy interviewed Gutierrez, he “acknowledged that law enforcement pretty much had everything but stated he did not wish to talk any further,” court records state.

Plascenia was originally charged with first-degree sale of drugs. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to aiding and abetting fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and served 14 days in jail, according to Assistant Freeborn County Attorney David Walker.

The informant reportedly turned over the 6 ounces of cocaine to the deputy following the arrests.

Gutierrez was originally charged with first-degree sale of drugs, but that charge was reduced with the plea deal.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 10.

Walker said Gutierrez’s recommended sentence is six months in jail. He has already served 116 days.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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