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Dallas drug dealer sentenced to 19 years for armed assault of undercover federal agents

November 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Dallas drug dealer sentenced to 19 years for armed assault of undercover federal agents

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A drug dealer in North Texas will spend the next 19 years behind bars for his participation in an armed assault that took place back in 2015 where he began shooting at undercover agents in Dallas.

On Monday, 24-year-old Edgar Solorzano was sentenced to 231 months, or 19 years and three months, in a federal lockup for opening fire on two Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) plainclothes agents, according to a Justice Department press release.

In April, he pleaded guilty to one count of possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance; two counts of assault on a federal official; and one count of using, carrying, and discharging a firearm relating to a crime of violence stemming back to the incident in 2015.

Solorzano has been in custody since his 2016 arrest.

In 2015, his cousin and co-defendant, 32-year-old Victor Manuel Solorzano, was being federally investigated for meth trafficking.

Edgar Solorzano arrested in shooting of Arlington undercover officer (Dallas Police Department)

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas revealed that the cousins lived across from each other in Dallas.

In November, the undercover agents drove a pickup truck to Victor Solorzano’s home to install a court-ordered tracking device on his car; however, Victor approached them on the street with an AR-15 and opened fire. Edgar Solorzano met his cousin armed with an AK-47 rifle.

The cousins repeatedly fired at the officers using high-powered firearms, semi-automatic weapons, riddling the truck with bullets.

The federal agents did not exchange fire but instead, they fled in the truck.

The agent who installed the tracking device sustained four non-fatal wounds to one of his hands and feet.

According to court evidence, the cousins shot at the truck at least 42 times. The gunfire reportedly hit other cars and pierced a home on the street.

Victor Solorzano (Dallas Police Department)

After the incident, Edgar concealed the AK-47 he used inside his house and got rid of the AR-15 employed by Victor in a neighbor’s yard. , Authorities recovered both guns during a subsequent search. The one used by Edgar was buried in the attic.

While inside the residence, investigators found over eight grams of meth, drug paraphernalia, and a treasure trove of guns and ammunition. Officials seized 16 pistols, four rifles, and two shotguns, along with magazines, suppressors, and scopes.

After a four-day trial in April, a jury found Victor Solorzano guilty of five charges in connection with the 2015 armed assault on the agents.

He was convicted one count of possession with intent to distribute meth, two counts of assault on a federal agent, and two counts of using, carrying, and discharging a firearm. On November 2, he was sentenced to 567 months, or 47 years and three months, in federal prison.

In a prepared statement, U.S. Attorney John Parker said: “These convictions demonstrate that violent traffickers will be vigorously prosecuted by this office, particularly when their violence is directed at law enforcement, and the punishment they face will be substantial.”

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