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Georgia Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Distributing Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Jacksonville, Florida –United States District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Leonel Bautista Solis (29, Georgia) to seven years and eight months in federal prison for distributing 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Bautista entered a guilty plea on February 28, 2024.

According to the court documents, on March 23, 2023, Solis traveled from Georgia to Jacksonville to sell fentanyl. When Bautista was arrested by federal agents, they recovered 1,600 pressed fentanyl pills, cocaine packaged for sale, and six firearms inside his vehicle. Solis admitted that he had purchased the drugs in Atlanta and was bringing the fentanyl to Jacksonville. He also admitted that he would be delivering the firearms along with the narcotics.      

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Cannizzaro.  

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.  

Updated May 29, 2024

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