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Connie Ann Solis Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 26, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CONNIE ANN SOLIS, a 44-year-old resident of Washington, appeared for sentencing. SOLIS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 46 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

SOLIS was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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 Arthur Frankie Gomez, residents of Washington, delivered methamphetamine to George Morris 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 Morris's source of supply of methamphetamine was in Washington and that three to four pounds of methamphetamine was delivered to Morris bi-monthly. SOLIS stated that she did not know the amount of methamphetamine that she and Gomez were delivering, but she knew that they were delivering "drugs" to Morris.

Law enforcement in Billings conducted surveillance during the summer and fall of 2009, and observed SOLIS and Gomez in Billings four times delivering methamphetamine to Morris. During the last trip they made, on December 20, 2009, they were arrested at a house outside of Billings with Morris. Approximately two pounds of methamphetamine was recovered from their car, and approximately $27,000 in cash was seized from Morris's car at the same time.

SOLIS admitted that she and Gomez were paid $2,000 per trip to deliver methamphetamine to Morris.

Gomez and Morris pled guilty to federal charges and are awaiting sentencing.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SOLIS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SOLIS does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

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



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