REDWOOD CITY — A 28-year-old Newark man found with a baggie of cocaine salt hidden behind his testicles while being booked at the Maguire Correctional Facility for a misdemeanor warrant has been convicted of a felony drug charge, according to prosecutors.
On Thursday, a San Mateo County Superior Court jury found Raul Gutierrez guilty of bringing drugs into a county jail.
Gutierrez could get up to four years in prison when he is sentenced July 7, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
On June 10, 2016, a sheriff’s deputy arrested Gutierrez on a misdemeanor warrant for driving with a suspended license. The deputy asked him if he had anything illegal on him, advising him that what would otherwise be a simple misdemeanor for possession would become a felony if he brought a controlled substance into the jail, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said Gutierrez told the deputy “no.” At the jail, however, a baggie containing 0.134 grams of cocaine salt was found hidden behind his testicles during a booking search.
Gutierrez is out of custody on $20,000 bail.
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