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A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced February 14, 2013, to more than 24 years in federal prison.
Angel Solano-Fierro, 33, originally from Mexico, but residing in Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 29, 2012, guilty plea to one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distributing methamphetamine.
At the guilty plea, Solano-Fierro admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from 2011 through April 2012 that distributed more than 150 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. In February and May 2012, Solano-Fierro along with others involved in the conspiracy distributed more than 130 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine during controlled drug transactions with law enforcement. On May 2, 2012, during the execution of a consent search, law enforcement seized over 208 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine from a vehicle connected to Solano-Fierro that was intended for future distribution as part of the conspiracy.
Solano-Fierro was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Solano-Fierro was sentenced to 292 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Solano-Fierro is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 12-4060.