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Steven B. Nava, Jr. Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on March 18, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, STEVEN B. NAVA, JR., a 33-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to two different conspiracies to possess with the intent to distribute over 100 kilos of marijuana. Sentencing is set for June 19, 2009. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

Between 2003 and 2006 in Billings, NAVA was involved in conspiracies with other individuals to possess with the intent to distribute over 100 kilos of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

NAVA faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release for each count.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.



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