Farmington man pleads guilty to federal drug, firearm charges

Gerald Soliz was charged in separate cases

The Daily Times Staff

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to charges in three separate criminal cases, including firearms and drug trafficking charges.

Gerald Soliz, 42, was charged in two separate cases on distributing methamphetamine and in one case for being a felon in possession of firearms, ammunition along with possessing and transferring a machine gun, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Soliz pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition Friday in Albuquerque federal court.

While entering the guilty plea, Soliz admitted to distributing a total of about 340 grams of methamphetamine to undercover agents and helped arrange the sale of a machine gun and participated in the sale, the press release states.

A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

Soliz was a codefendant in one of the distributing methamphetamine cases, along with Marcus McGee, 43, who pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chad McKinney, 31, also was indicted on the felon in possession of a firearms, ammunition and machine gun case and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Farmington FBI office and the Region II Narcotics Task Force, which is composed of law enforcement officers from the area, investigated the cases.