The federal sting operation had a couple of moving parts. On May, 23, an undercover agent gave Norris a bag that he was told contained five kilos of cocaine. Norris returned the bag to the undercover agent once the agent had cleared security.
On May 30, the operation was repeated only this time Norris was told the bag contained $500,000 in drug transaction proceeds. On June 5, an undercover agent again engaged Norris to smuggle three kilos of cocaine and a Mac-11 machine gun, which agents had rendered inoperable, magazine and a silencer.