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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Arizona
Gary M. Restaino, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Repeat Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

TUCSON, Ariz. – On June 28, 2022, Modesta Solano, 51, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced by United States District Judge John C. Hinderaker to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Solano previously pleaded guilty on April 6, 2022, to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

A federal grand jury indicted Solano in October 2020 on drug and firearms charges after Solano sold a handgun and over 4,000 fentanyl pills to an undercover agent in Tucson. Solano was prohibited from possessing firearms due to a prior felony drug conviction for which she was sentenced to five years. Solano was on supervision when she committed these new offenses.

Homeland Security Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Tucson Police Department conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stefani Hepford, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.


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