Suburban Detroit Man Convicted of Kilo Quantity Cocaine Conspiracy Charges
-Soler-Norona brokered transactions responsible for minimum of 12 kilos of cocaine
NOV 20 -- DETROIT, MI - United States Attorney Terrence Berg announced today that a 45-year-old Royal Oak, Michigan, man was found guilty late yesterday by a federal jury in Detroit on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine as an aider and abettor, and unlawful use of a communication facility in violation of federal drug trafficking laws.
Berg was joined in the announcement by Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Found guilty was Carlos Soler-Norona. The jury deliberated for one day before returning the verdict, concluding a three-day trial before United States District Judge Robert Cleland. Soler-Norona is the sixth of ten defendants convicted by guilty plea or trial in relation to the conspiracy, which principally operated in Southwest Detroit. Three other defendants remain fugitives.
The evidence presented at trial showed that Soler-Norona acted as a middle-man in a Detroit-run drug trafficking ring responsible for distributing over a dozen kilos of cocaine in and around the Detroit Metropolitan area between May of 2007 and December of 2008. Evidence presented at trial showed that Soler brokered at least four separate transactions in February and March of 2008 totaling 11 kilograms of cocaine.
“Trafficking in multiple kilos of cocaine is a dead-end business. We will vigorously prosecute any such individuals engaged in drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Michigan,” United States Attorney Berg said.
Berg commended the work of the agents of the DEA and the United States Border Patrol which assisted in the interception and seizure of kilograms of cocaine during the course of the investigation.
Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Detroit Field Division stated, "This conviction should serve as a reminder to individuals that traffic and conspire to distribute cocaine, and other illegal drugs, that the DEA and our law enforcement counterparts are working closely together to halt their operations, and bring them to justice. Strong cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, made this conviction possible."
Sentencing has been scheduled for March 24, 2010. Soler faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Dawkins Davis.