Aurelio Solorio, 37, of Sioux City, Iowa, pleaded guilty July 22, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
During the plea hearing, Solorio admitted that on May 24, 2021, he was arrested on suspicion of OWI. A search of Solorio’s vehicle revealed 90 grams of pure methamphetamine which Solorio admitted he planned to sell to other people. Law enforcement also seized a .380 handgun from Solorio’s storage shed. Solorio had previously been 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 on federal probation at the time he committed the offense in question.
Sentencing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a pre-sentence report is prepared. Solorio remains in custody awaiting sentencing. Solorio faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of $20,000,000 and at least ten years of supervised release after any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood and has been investigated by the Sioux City, Iowa-based Tri-State Drug Task Force, which consists of members Drug Enforcement Administration law enforcement; 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 Counternarcotics; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigations; and the Woodbury County District Attorney’s Office.
Court records information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.
The file number is 22-4001.
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