Caldwell Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Charges
BOISE – Matthew Navejar, 38, of Caldwell, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court in Boise to unlawfully possessing a firearm and distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, Navejar, a convicted felon, sold a rifle to another individual at Navejar’s residence in Caldwell, on November 21, 2011. On that same date, Navejar assisted in the sale of a second firearm, a revolver. The price paid for both guns was $165. Navejar also admitted that on November 30, 2011, he sold methamphetamine for $140 at a residence in the Nampa-Caldwell area. The plea agreement requires Navejar to forfeit his interests in the two firearms sold on November 21.
According to court records, in 1997 in Malheur County, Oregon, Navejar was convicted of manufacture and/or possession of a destructive device, and is prohibited from possessing firearms as a result.
The firearm charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. The charge of distributing methamphetamine is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1 million, and at least three years supervised release.
Sentencing is set for September 17, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force and is being prosecuted by the former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes. The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southeast Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth. For more information, visit www.treasurevalleypartners.org.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.