Suspected gang member pleads guilty to drug charges - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/20/09

Suspected gang member pleads guilty to drug charges

Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An accused gang member pleads guilty to drug trafficking in Lubbock federal court, implicating other alleged gang members already in custody, some of whom are also accused in a deadly shooting in Big Spring. This is a case NewsChannel11 has been following since the Big Spring shooting last May.

Court papers state Reynaldo Nava, an accused member of the Latin Kings street gang pleaded guilty to two drug charges on Friday. Nava implicates 16 other accused gang members who allegedly transported marijuana and cocaine throughout Texas and elsewhere. Five of them stand indicted for murder.

Reynaldo Nava faces up to life in prison without parole for his role in a drug trafficking ring that began in 2005 and ended in December of 2008. Authorities say Nava and 16 other co-defendants sold drugs in Lubbock, Abilene, San Angelo, Dallas, Fort Worth and elsewhere.

The charges link back to a home in the 1900 Block of 46th Street in Lubbock. That's where DEA investigators say Jose Nava lived. Authorities say he is a Texas leader of the street gang known as the Almighty Latin King Nation. DEA agents say the gang is known to traffic guns, drugs and commit violent crimes throughout Texas and Chicago.

Jose Nava and four other alleged gang members are accused of a drive-by shooting in Big Spring back in May. Authorities say they opened fire on six people, killing a man, woman, and her unborn child. They alleged shortly after, members left Big Spring, and four months later authorities located Jose along with other alleged gang members in the Hub City.

Last week, we told you FBI agents dredged the White River in Crosby County for a weapon possibly used in the Big Spring shooting. After several hours of searching, federal agents and the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office found parts of a disassembled AK-47 assault rifle. That's the same weapon investigators say the shooters used in the Big Spring drive-by.

Reynaldo Nava made his plea during a re-arraignment in federal court. Nava will be sentenced at a later date. So far, he's the only person charged in this investigation to plead guilty.

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