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Two Colorado Men Arrested and Facing Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearm Charges in Southern Utah

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah – A federal grand jury in Utah returned an indictment charging two Colorado men for possession of illicit drugs with the intent to distribute and carrying a firearm in relation to the crime.

According to court documents, Dylan Kelly, 19, of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Navin Daryan Wright, 20, also a Colorado resident, are each charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime in January. On March 15, 2023, Wright was arrested in Grand Junction and had his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. Kelly had his initial court appearance March 20, 2023, before a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Utah in St. George. 

U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins for the District of Utah made the announcement.

The case is being investigated by the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS); Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). 

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Brady Wilson, of the District of Utah, Southern Region is prosecuting the case. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 


Felicia Martinez
Public Affairs Specialist
(801) 325-3237

Updated March 20, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 23-20