For Immediate Release
Tampa Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Cocaine While Carrying a Firearm
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Georgi Milenov Solakov (29, Tampa) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and for carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Solakov had pleaded guilty on September 2, 2021.
According to court documents, beginning in approximately April 2020, Solakov and a confidential informant (CI) exchanged text messages in which Solakov offered to sell narcotics to the CI. Solakov also asked if the CI needed any firearms and stated that he had some brand-new AR-15s that he could sell to the CI for a “great deal.” In March 2021, Solakov sold 174 MDMA (ecstasy) pills, two rifles, 379 rounds of ammunition, and approximately one kilogram of cocaine to the CI.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chauncey A. Bratt.
This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.