Jorge Nava, known for his appearance on TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé,” will be heading to prison for more than two years following an arrest on drug charges earlier this year.
Police discovered 293 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of Nava’s car during a February traffic stop, People reports. He was subsequently arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and the intent to transport and/or sell marijuana, the outlet reports. According to People, he spent two days in jail before posting $25,000 bail.
In an interview with TMZ published on Saturday, Nava revealed that he’d been sentenced to two and a half years in prison — a hefty sentence for anyone, but an undeniable upgrade for Nava, who told TMZ that he was initially facing a class 2 felony charge, and possibly a sentence of 24 years, before his lawyer got the charges reduced to a class 4 felony instead.
Still, Nava did not seem pleased, and called his sentence “crazy.”
“I feel like it’s really harsh of a penalty for the crime being, just because it’s marijuana-related and right now, it’s going legal in a lot of states. It’s actually medically legal in Arizona,” he said. “So I just feel like the whole fact of it, just going to prison over the same stuff that’s legal, you know, is just kind of crazy to me.”
During season four of “90 Day Fiancé,” Nava and his partner Anfisa Arkhipchenko, who he’d met online, bumped heads over Nava’s criminal past, which included pleading guilty to drug-related charges, People reports. Nava revealed to TMZ that he and Arkhipchenko are still together, however, and that she’s supporting him during the process.
“There’s really nothing wrong in our relationship right now, we’ve been really good these last couple months. I mean, she’s been here supporting me through this whole journey, and she’s gonna be with me throughout this whole process and after that, too. I really don’t see us splitting up,” Nava said.
The couple also addressed Nava’s arrest in a YouTube video published to Arkhipchenko’s channel on Friday. Nava claimed that he was pulled over with a “bunch of illegal stuff” in his car, but suggested that he was initially stopped “for no reason.”
“I feel like there’s a lot of profiling going on,” Nava said. “I just feel like if us citizens have to obey the laws, and, you know, there shouldn’t be anybody else with more authority, you know? Especially police officers. They should be trying to help the community.”
Nava also clarified his criminal history, confirming that he’d been convicted twice before for cultivation of marijuana. Had it not been for his prior convictions, he likely would have received probation, Nava said his lawyer told him.
In a pinned comment, Arkhipchenko reacted to Nava’s sentencing, writing, “I was finishing editing this video after I found the actual outcome and I’m shocked by what Jorge got.”
[Photo: Mohave County Sheriff's Office]