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October 4, 2012

Ex-deputy gets prison for protecting drug runs

SAN ANTONIO — A former Bexar (BAYR) County deputy has been assessed a five-year federal prison term after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy and possession charges.

Hector Franco admitted to conspiring with a fellow jailer to protect drug shipments in exchange for money. Court records show he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count and two of trying to distribute cocaine.

In sentencing Franco on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery also ordered him to serve five years of supervised parole.

Fellow former deputy Jose Angel Cordero pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy and trying to possess cocaine and is to be sentenced Nov. 30.

Both were caught up in a drug sting run by undercover FBI agents posing as drug lords.

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