Mar 14, 2012

Drug War and U.S. Corruption: Santa Cruz Sheriffs Deputy sentenced for trying to smuggle cocaine

KVOA: "A former Santa Cruz County Sheriff who allegedly used his position to smuggle nearly 5 kilograms of cocaine across the U.S./Mexico border was sentenced today in U.S. District Court.

Jesus Rene Contreras, 31, who was a six-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine - he pleaded guilty to the charge back in July 2011.

Court documents reveal Contreras worked with Ernesto Castro and another individual to use Contreras' position as a deputy sheriff to transport cocaine past the I-19 Border Patrol checkpoint. On March 2, 2010, he drove about 4.9 kilograms of cocaine past the checkpoint while in uniform and driving his official patrol vehicle." read more

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