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Sylmar man who sold pills that killed Marine pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A Sylmar man who sold fentanyl-containing pills that killed a 20-year-old U.S. Marine in 2020 pleaded guilty Friday to federal drug charges, officials said.

Gustavo Jaciel Solis, 25, pleaded to one count of participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and distributing fentanyl resulting in death, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

Solis was charged in 2020 with being part of a ring that distributed drugs to civilians and Marines, prosecutors said.

He admitted he would ‘advertise the sale of his controlled substances through his Snapchat account username, ‘huf_75’ and display name, ‘Gusto928’,” according to a plea agreement filed Tuesday. .

Solis “is allegedly supplying various controlled substances, including LSD, MDMA, cocaine, and purported oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, to customers directly, through couriers, or by mail in the United States,” they said. prosecutors said.

He obtained 1,000 counterfeit fentanyl-containing oxycodone pills from a co-defendant and posted a picture of several pills on Snapchat with the caption, “Who fucks with M30s? Press it,” prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, Solis sold 10 oxycodone tablets with added fentanyl to an active duty Marine on May 22. A day later, the Marine died of a drug overdose, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said the Marine was stationed at Camp Pendleton.

In his plea deal, Solis admitted to orchestrating other drug deals, including with a Naval Criminal Investigative Service undercover officer, prosecutors said.

The deals with the agent involved several types of illegal drugs, including cocaine, LSD and other fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, prosecutors said.

Solis was arrested on July 29, 2020, prosecutors said. Investigators seized drugs and several firearms, including a 9mm “ghost gun”, from his home.

He has remained in federal custody since his arrest, prosecutors said.

A replacement indictment filed in September 2020 named Solis and four other defendants, who are:

  • Jordan Nicholas McCormick, 27, of Palmdale, the main defendant and alleged conspiracy supplier who supplied LSD, ecstasy, cocaine and oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl.
  • 22-year-old United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Anthony Ruben Whisenant, who allegedly aided and abetted the distribution of the fentanyl-containing pills purchased from Solis that led to LM’s fatal overdose.
  • Jessica Sarah Perez, 25, of Pacoima, who distributed narcotics, including fentanyl and cocaine, to civilian conspiracy clients.
  • Ryan Douglas White, 24, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, who is accused of being an afterthought accomplice in allegedly trying to obstruct law enforcement’s arrest of Whisenant and Solis.

Solis is due to be sentenced on August 17, prosecutors said. He will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the fentanyl charge and potential life sentences for each of the narcotics offenses.

Perez pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to conspiracy to distribute narcotics, prosecutors said. She is expected to be sentenced on May 11.

The other three defendants are due on June 21, prosecutors said.




Los Angeles Times

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