California Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Three Kilograms of Heroin to Delaware in Gas Tank
Wilmington, Del. – David C. Weiss, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Uriel Erendira Nava, age 42, pled guilty today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.
According to the indictment and statements made in open court, Nava and co-conspirator Ana Sanchez were part of a larger criminal organization based out of California and Mexico trafficking in multiple drugs, including heroin. In August 2016, Nava and Sanchez drove from California in order to deliver three kilograms of heroin to a Delaware buyer in a prearranged sale. The three kilograms of heroin, hidden in the gas tank of the vehicle driven by Nava and discovered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) in the course of its investigation, represents one of the largest single seizures of heroin in Delaware to date.
“As heroin infiltrates our community, we will fight back,” said Acting United States Attorney David C. Weiss. “With the dedicated work of the DEA’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HITDA”) Group, we continue to make the investigation and prosecution of heroin traffickers a top priority.”
Nava’s plea is the first conviction resulting from a DEA
Assistant United States Attorneys Whitney Cloud and Jennifer K. Welsh are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.