He was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in coordination with Dominican authorities at Miami airport on Monday.
U.S. Department of Justice informed that he faces three counts for distribution, possession, and intent to distribute cocaine in the U.S between 2014 and 2017.
The acting federal prosecutor requested Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes to remove the "gag order" which prevents linking information to the public when the trials begin.
Economic activity in the Dominican Republic was down in March relative to February, but remained around January 2020 levels (pre-covid). Jan-March performance was good on average, buoyed by the strong US recovery underway. At this pace, real GDP could fully recover this year. pic.twitter.com/Iyw5ewpHFh
Gutierrez, a lawmaker from the ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), was the most voted candidate in the Santiago province in 2020.
PRM officials condemned Gutierrez's alleged criminal acts and warned that those who violate the rules face expulsion from the party. Parliament's lower chamber also indicated that investigations' results would be respected.
On Tuesday, President Luis Abinader referred to the case and highlighted that "everyone is responsible for their actions and must pay for it."