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Judge Gives Former Cop Probation in Drug Case

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    A former Houston police officer was sentenced Thursday for his role in protecting a load of cocaine for a drug trafficker.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that former policeman Michael Miceli was spared prison time despite a request by a prosecutor that he serve about four years.

    Miceli was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary Miller to one year of probation, six months of home confinement and 100 hours of community service.

    Court papers indicate that Miceli and an accomplice, who was also a Houston policeman, were arrested in uniform in 2013. They were set up by an informant working with a Drug Enforcement Agency task force.

    The former officers were convicted of using their patrol car to protect a cocaine shipment for a drug trafficker. The newspaper reports that the men each accepted $500 for the escort.