Chicago Man Pleads Guilty
A man who was indicted along with twenty-five other individuals and charged with being a member of a large cocaine distribution organization, has pled guilty, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Salvador Guadalupe Navarro, 32, of Chicago, Illinois, entered a plea of guilty on February 28, 2012, to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine. Navarro also admitted the forfeiture allegation contained in the indictment.
Navarro is currently scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on June 22, 2012, in United States District Court in East St. Louis. At that time, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment to a possible maximum penalty of life in prison, a fine of not more than $10,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years. Navarro will also be required to pay a mandatory special assessment of $100.
All of the co-conspirators have now entered pleas of guilty in this case. Nine have been sentenced and all have received prison terms. The rest are awaiting sentencing.
Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. Participating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshal Service, the Granite City Police Department, Fairmont City Police Department, Collinsville Police Department, Fairview Heights Police Department, Caseyville Police Department, Pontoon Beach Police Department, Park Hills (Missouri) Police Department, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, and the Illinois State Police. This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.