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Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Solorio had a prior federal conviction for meth-related charges in 2011

Aurelio Solorio, age 37, from Sioux City, Iowa, pled guilty July 22, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Solorio admitted that on May 24, 2021, he was stopped for suspected OWI.  A search of Solorio’s vehicle revealed 90 grams of pure methamphetamine which Solorio admitted he planned to sell to other persons.  Law enforcement also seized a .380 handgun from Solorio’s storage shed.  Solorio was previously convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance in the United States District Court for South Dakota in 2011, and as a result, Solorio was under federal supervised release at the time he committed the instant offense.            

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Solorio remains in custody pending sentencing.  Solorio faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, and at least ten years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood and was investigated by Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.   

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-4001. 

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Updated July 25, 2022

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