Corpus Christi resident sentenced for trafficking meth
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 23-year-old man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute 210 grams of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
Jacob Soliz pleaded guilty April 28.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos has now ordered Soliz to serve 120 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard how the circumstances of Soliz’s arrest suggested he was selling large quantities of meth. In handing down the sentence, the court noted the severity of the crime.
On Sept. 4, 2022, Soliz was a passenger in a sedan driving in Corpus Christi around 11:30 p.m. Authorities conducted a traffic stop after observing the vehicle was traveling without any headlights activated.
Law enforcement then observed the smell of burnt marijuana and ultimately conducted an inspection of the vehicle. At that time, they discovered multiple baggies of meth totaling 210 grams, baggies of marijuana totaling approximately 150 grams and a loaded AR-15 rifle. They also discovered approximately $2,500 located in Soliz’s pocket.
At the time of his plea, Soliz admitted the meth and rifle belonged to him.
Soliz will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Corpus Christi Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Tyler Foster prosecuted the case. AUSA Barbara DePena handled the sentencing.
Updated August 9, 2023