News Release
February 09, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Roberto Bryan
Number: (504) 840-1360

Texas Man Arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Over Five Kilograms of Cocaine

FEB 09 -- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - ALEJANDRO SOLIZ age 29, a resident of Robstown, Texas, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the criminal complaint, on February 6, 2010, Troopers with the Louisiana State Police arrested SOLIZ after the defendant’s tractor trailer was stopped on Interstate 12 in Tangipahoa Parish for a motor carrier safety inspection.  After asking SOLIZ a series of questions and obtaining consent to search, the Troopers located approximately 23 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in the tractor trailer.

If convicted of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, SOLIZ faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of $4,000,000. and five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.   

U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the complaint is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation is being conducted by the Louisiana State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Andre’ Jones.