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A 38-year-old Billings woman was sentenced to prison Monday for biting the finger of a police officer when he tried to stop her from swallowing a bag of methamphetamine.

Tanya Marie Nava appeared before District Judge Gregory Todd after previously pleading guilty to felony assault on a peace officer. Prosecutors dismissed a second felony tampering charge as part of a plea agreement.

Todd ordered Nava to spend five years at the Montana Women’s Prison after noting the woman’s lengthy criminal history that includes a federal drug conviction and two similar assaults on police officers.

A prosecutor also told the judge that federal authorities are preparing to charge Nava with new drug offenses.

Nava has been at the county jail since Oct. 6, 2010, when she was arrested by officers of a local drug task force who were investigating a tip of drug activity at a hotel on South Frontage Road.

As officers were searching the room, Nava put a baggie of methamphetamine in her mouth and tried to swallow it.

When an officer, who was wearing needle-proof gloves, tried to stop Nava by reaching into her mouth, the woman bit down and did not let go until other officers intervened.


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