According to a U.S. Attorney press release, a man from the San Fernando Valley pleaded guilty last week to two federal drug trafficking charges. One of the charges stemmed from a 2020 transaction in which he sold bogus oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that caused the death of a U.S. Marine.
Gustavo Solis, of Sylmar, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and distributing fentanyl resulting in death. Solis is scheduled to be sentenced in August before U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the fentanyl charge and potential life sentences for narcotics offenses.
According to the plea agreement, Solis admitted that he would advertise his controlled substances for sale through his Snapchat account, and provide various narcotics to customers directly, through couriers, or through the U.S. mail. Solis sold approximately 10 counterfeit oxycodone pills to a 20-year-old U.S. Marine who died after consuming some of the fentanyl-laced pills.
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