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Victor H. Nava Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 02, 2010
  • District of Montana (406) 657-6101

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 30, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, VICTOR H. NAVA, a 26-year-old resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. Sentencing has been set for March 7, 2011. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

Sometime before December 12, 2009, an undercover agent with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation (MDCI) was able to set up a deal whereby he would purchase approximately four ounces of cocaine from one of NAVA's co-conspirators.

On December 12, 2009, the undercover agent purchased approximately four ounces of cocaine from two of NAVA's co-conspirators in Great Falls. The agent paid $4,400 for the four ounces of cocaine on that occasion. That sale took place in the parking lot at the mall in Great Falls.

On January 15, 2010, two of NAVA's co-conspirators drove to Great Falls and met with the agent and sold him another approximately four ounces of cocaine for $4,400. That sale was set up by one of NAVA's co-conspirators and the agent. That sale also took place in the parking lot of the mall in Great Falls.

On February 12, 2010, NAVA and a co-conspirator drove to Great Falls and met with the agent and sold the agent approximately nine ounces of cocaine for $9,500. That sale was set up by one of NAVA's co-conspirators and the agent. That sale took place in the parking lot at the mall in Great Falls.

On April 1, 2010, the undercover DCI agent traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah and purchased approximately 2 ounces of cocaine for $1,700 from one of NAVA's co-conspirators. That sale was set up through phone calls from one of NAVA's co-conspirators in Utah to the agent in Great Falls. That sale took place in the parking lot of a mall in Sandy, Utah. NAVA was present at the mall parking lot when that sale took place.

The total amount of cocaine involved in this conspiracy was over 500 grams.

NAVA faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least four years' supervised release.

The investigation was effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, the Great Falls Police Department, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.