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Minnesota Man Sentenced in Drug Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
605-357-2360

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Worthington, Minnesota, man charged with conspiracy was sentenced on July 22, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Aurelio Angel Solorio, a/k/a “Angel,” a/k/a “Maniac,” age 26, was sentenced to 292 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Solorio was indicted for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine by a federal grand jury on March 2, 2011. He pled guilty to the offense on April 11, 2011.

Solorio was part of a conspiracy that involved 17 charged defendants and began in the summer of 2008. During his involvement, Solorio obtained methamphetamine from his source and distributed it to co-conspirators and other customers. He also transported methamphetamine from Minnesota to South Dakota. His involvement in the conspiracy ended in April 2010.
Ten defendants have pled guilty and been sentenced. The remainder are scheduled to go to trial in September 2011.

This case is being investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, SD Division of Criminal Investigation, Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, Stearns County, Minnesota Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant US Attorney John E. Haak is prosecuting the case.

Solorio was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshal.

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