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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 24, 2014

Mexican National Pleads Guilty To Drug And Gun Charges

BOISE – Cesar Solorio-Solorio, 40, a Mexican national living in Shoshone, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to distribution of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to court documents, on March 27, 2014, Solorio-Solorio sold one ounce of methamphetamine to a person assisting law enforcement as a confidential informant. A warrant was issued for his arrest. On May 28, 2014, when law enforcement agents arrested Solorio-Solorio, they found a .22 revolver in his pocket. Agents also discovered additional methamphetamine in his vehicle. Solorio-Solorio is prohibited from possessing firearms because he was previously convicted of a felony crime for possessing a controlled substance in 2004.

The charge of distribution of methamphetamine is punishable by up to twenty years in prison, a maximum fine of $1 million, and at least three years of supervised release and the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm is punishable by up to ten years in prison, and maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Solorio-Solorio is set for sentencing on February 13, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Marshals Service; Boise Police Department, and Idaho State Police.

The case is being prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes. The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southwest Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth. For more information, visit treasurevalleypartners.org.

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Updated December 15, 2014