Guedes was immediately arrested for trafficking. Agents were stunned when Navarro appeared at Guedes’ federal court hearing, asking for his uniforms back.
A plan backfires
Navarro, agents later learned, hoped to stave off an internal affairs probe by approaching directly the Drug Enforcement Administration agents involved in the arrest of his buddy.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Miami-Dade’s public corruption unit and Miami Beach Internal Affairs detectives nevertheless started digging.
A neighbor and a valet at the Miami condo told investigators Mayoli often drove a Miami Beach police car while wearing a badge and a bulletproof vest.
When Miami Beach detectives pulled Mayoli in for an interview, it was George Jr. who drove him to the internal affairs office that day, investigators noted. Mayoli, in a later debriefing, claimed the elder Navarro instructed him to “deny everything.”
What’s more, Mayoli said, the Navarros instructed him to record detectives’ questions — apparently so the Navarros could gauge how much internal affairs knew — using a BlackBerry recording program, he said.
Mayoli said Navarro Jr. later downloaded the recording to his computer, while his father copied the file onto a thumb drive he hung around his neck.
It is generally a third-degree felony to record someone without their permission. Exactly what was recorded on the BlackBerry is unknown because portions of the report are redacted. The FBI investigated the episode, but did not pursue charges.
Band, attorney for both Navarros, insists Mayoli made the recording on his own. “We were very surprised that he did it,” Band said.
After a federal grand jury indicted Mayoli in April 2011, agents arrested him — at Navarro’s Southwest Miami-Dade house. He was nabbed when he arrived back at the house behind the wheel of Navarro’s cop car.
As for Guedes, he’s the one who described to agents how he, Mayoli and Navarro had dubbed their foray into drug smuggling the “Coke Dream.”
Sorry, wrong city
In early 2010, Guedes told agents, he gave Navarro at least $1,500 to send to Mayoli in Colombia to buy a kilo of cocaine. Alas, Mayoli flew to the wrong city.
Band said Navarro wired him the money only as “pocket change” after Mayoli overstayed his visa and was fined by Colombian authorities.
The men then allegedly turned their attention to the Bahamas.
Guedes told agents that he financed the first trip to the Bahamas in September 2010, to the tune of $40,000 cash. Navarro kicked in another $10,000.
The plan: to bring in cocaine from the Bahamas by boat and load it into Navarro’s police car, left parked at Dinner Key Marina, so the package could be safely transferred.
Navarro told Guedes “that if this deal went through he would leave the force.”
According to Mayoli, they sailed to Bimini on a borrowed 42-foot boat, the Touch of Class. On the island, as one of their confederates met with a drug contact, Mayoli and Navarro swam in the ocean. A small shark attacked them.
Their cohort, identified in the records only as “Fernandez,” returned empty-handed. In the end, that may have been just as well. On their way back to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard stopped the boat. Navarro identified himself as a cop. They were warned for having an expired flare gun.