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Police sent to prison for paying off informants with drugs

October 3, 1997

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Spain’s National Court sentenced two former heads of the Civil Guard’s anti-drug unit and 13 others to prison Friday for paying off informants with drugs, news reports said.

Civil Guard Commander Jose Ramon Pindado and Colonel Francisco Quintero were each sentenced to eight years of prison on charges that included drug trafficking, state television reported.

Four Civil Guard officers received jail sentences of 10 years, two others got two years in prison and the rest were given suspended sentences.

The court handed down the sentences after a four-month trail.