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2 ex-police officers get prison for lying to hide drug theft

July 31, 2018

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Two South Texas ex-police officers have been sentenced to federal prison for lying to federal agents to hide a theft of cocaine that had been seized in a drug bust.

A federal judge sentenced 30-year-old Salvador Hernandez of Mission to two years in prison, while 27-year-old Richard Leon Castillo of Pharr drew a prison term of one year and four months.

They were found guilty by separate juries of lying to Drug Enforcement Administration agents investigating three cocaine bundles missing from a 40-bundle seizure made on Aug. 27, 2016.

Both will remain free on bond until they report to prison on a date still to be determined.

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