In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Navarro admitted to the operating the Tucson, Arizona hub of a cocaine distribution ring. Navarro recruited, supervised, and managed couriers and other members to transport and distribute cocaine and proceeds from the distribution of cocaine throughout the United States. Along with his co-conspirators, Navarro would hide the cocaine both inside the lining of coolers and inert, hollowed-out fire extinguishers in order to avoid detection during transportation.
The cocaine distribution ring had a nationwide network of distribution points, including locations in Indiana, California, New York, Pennsylvania, and in Tidewater. Navarro faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment when he is sentenced on December 13, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation dubbed Fire & Ice.