MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – The son of a well-known Miami Beach official has been arrested on several charges, including fraud and racketeering.

George Navarro Jr., a Miami Beach Police officer, was arrested Wednesday.

According to an arrest search, Navarro, 26, faces one count each of Racketeering, Conspiracy, Organized Fraud, and Official Misconduct. He also faces two counts each of Unlawful Subleasing of a Vehicle, Vehicle Obtained by Trick, and False Statement of Financial Condition/Identity.

Sources tell CBS4 News that the charges stem from a drug trafficking case.

His father, George Navarro Sr., was the MBPD lead homicide detective in the infamous 1997 shooting death of designer Gianni Versace at his mansion on Ocean Drive. He also investigated the suicide death of Versace’s assailant Andrew Cunanan. Navarro Sr. now works as a city in another capacity.

On the arrest of Navarro Jr., former Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega told CBS4’s Gio Benitez:

“It’s unfortunate but I worked very hard for almost five years to clean up the segment of problems I inherited with an otherwise great Department. Although saddened by this news, I’m glad to see those efforts are continuing.”


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