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Connie Ann Solis Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on May 25, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CONNIE ANN SOLIS, a 44-year-old resident of Washington, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for August 26, 2010. She is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori Harper Suek and Jessica T. Fehr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

Beginning in the Spring of 2009, SOLIS and a co-conspirator, residents of Washington, delivered methamphetamine to an individual, hereafter referred to as "John Doe", in Billings. SOLIS estimated that they made six trips to Billings. During an interview with a confidential source in April 2009, the source told law enforcement that "John Doe's" source of supply of methamphetamine was in Washington and that three to four pounds of methamphetamine was delivered to "John Doe" bi-monthly. SOLIS stated that she did not know the amount of methamphetamine that she and her co-conspirator were delivering, but she knew that they were delivering "drugs" to "John Doe".

Law enforcement in Billings conducted surveillance during the Summer and Fall of 2009, and saw SOLIS and her co-conspirator in Billings four times delivering methamphetamine to "John Doe". The last trip that they made, on December 20, 2009, they were arrested at a house outside of Billings with "John Doe". Approximately two pounds of methamphetamine was recovered from their car, and approximately $27,000 in cash was seized from "John Doe's" car at the same time.

SOLIS admitted that she and her co-conspirator were paid $2,000 per trip to deliver methamphetamine to "John Doe".

SOLIS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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