Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Christopher Nielsen, Special Agent in Charge

August 17, 2016

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7900

Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced To 12 Years Prison

Co-conspirator sentenced to over six years for being “courier”

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Edgardo Reyes was sentenced to 154 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin. 

Reyes’s co-conspirator, Armando Solorio, was sentenced to 73 months’ imprisonment for his part in the drug trafficking scheme.  The sentences were handed down by the Honorable Edward J. Davila, United States District Judge on August 15, 2016, following guilty pleas entered earlier this year.

Reyes, 34, of San Jose, pleaded guilty on March 18, 2016, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Section 846, and two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Section 841.  Pursuant to his plea agreement, Reyes acknowledged as true the facts set out in a complaint filed on February 20, 2015.  The complaint describes two transactions in which Reyes took part.  The first transaction took place January 30, 2015, and involved Reyes’ efforts to sell a pound of methamphetamine to an undercover DEA Task Force Officer.  This transaction led to a second transaction in February of 2015 in which Reyes attempted to sell another 12 pounds of the drug to the same undercover officer. 

Solorio, 27, of San Jose, pleaded guilty on February 29, 2016, for his part in the drug trafficking scheme.  Solorio acknowledged his role as a courier for both the January and February transactions which led to Reyes’ arrest. 

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Davila sentenced each defendant to a three-year period of supervised release.  Remarking on the large quantity of drugs at issue, Judge Davila referred to the case as a tragedy and stated that methamphetamine is “not good for anyone.”  Both Reyes and Solorio have been in custody since their arrest in February 2015 and both will begin serving their sentences immediately.  

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffery Nedrow and Scott Simeon are prosecuting the case.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the DEA.

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