BREAKING NEWS: Two men receive lengthy jail terms for trafficking meth.

A 40 year old Colorado man was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution operation authorities call one of the "largest ever in the

Fairbanks area."

Mario Gutierrez was sentenced Friday at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Fairbanks.

That's according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage.

Gutierrez had previously pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in connection with methamphetamine distribution.

Authorities say Gutierrez, of Northglen, Colorado, sent methamphetamine from the Denver area to a co-conspirator, Jess Baird, of Fairbanks from 2009 to 2010.

The meth, according to authorities, was paid for by about $347, 000 that was deposited in Gutierrez' Wells Fargo account in Fairbanks.

Baird was given a more than 7 year sentence in October, 2012.

The investigation involved the DEA; IRS Criminal Investigation; the US Postal Inspection Service; the Alaska State Troopers; the North Pole Police Department; and the Fairbanks Police


Federal authorities say Gutierrez was "a source of supply of methamphetamine to one of the largest distributors of methamphetamine in Fairbanks."