LOS ANGELES – A Sylmar man pleaded guilty this afternoon to two federal drug trafficking offenses, one of which stems from a 2020 transaction in which he sold fake oxycodone pills mixed with fentanyl that caused a fatal overdose to a US Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton.
Gustavo Jaciel Solis, 25, of Sylmar, pleaded guilty in United States District Court to participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and distributing fentanyl resulting in death.
U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee is due to sentence Solis on Aug. 17, when he will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the fentanyl charge and possible life sentences for each of the charges. drug-related offences.
Solis was charged in 2020, along with an active-duty US Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton and two other alleged co-conspirators, of being part of a ring that distributed narcotics to civilians and US Marine Corps members. -United.
In a plea agreement filed Tuesday, Solis admitted that he “would advertise the sale of his controlled substances through his Snapchat account username, ‘huf_75’, and display name, ‘Gusto928. ‘ [Solis] would supply 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.
On May 22, 2020, after obtaining approximately 1,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl from a co-defendant, Solis admitted to using his Snapchat account to advertise the pills by posting a picture of several pills with the caption , “Who f*** with M30s? Type.
Solis then sold about 10 of the counterfeit oxycodone pills, and a 20-year-old US Marine identified in court documents as “LM” died after consuming some of the fentanyl-containing pills.
Solis also admitted in his plea agreement to orchestrating other narcotics deals, some of which were conducted with a Naval Criminal Investigative Service undercover agent. The transactions with the undercover officer involved several types of narcotics, including counterfeit oxycodone containing fentanyl, cocaine and LSD.
Solis was arrested on July 29, 2020, when investigators seized narcotics and several firearms – including a 9mm “ghost gun” – from his home. Solis has remained in federal custody since his arrest.
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 to the co-conspirators;
- 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 the conspiracy’s civilian clients; and
- Ryan Douglas White, 24, a United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal, who is accused of being an afterthought accomplice in allegedly trying to obstruct law enforcement’s arrest of Whisenant and Solis.
Perez pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute narcotics on January 26 and Judge Gee is due to sentence her on May 11. The other three defendants are due for trial on June 21.
An indictment contains allegations that an accused has committed a crime. Any defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty and unless proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick Castañeda and Gregg E. Marmaro of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering and Racketeering Section.