A former South Texas police officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for stealing cocaine and then staging a fake bust to cover up the theft.
Former Mission police officer Hector Mendez was sentenced Wednesday in federal court. The 46-year-old Mendez is also a former Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer.
A jury in July found him guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
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Prosecutors say Mendez took nearly 15 kilograms of cocaine from a home in Mission in July 2012 and with the help of another person diluted and repackaged the drugs.
Authorities say the diluted cocaine was seized during a staged drug bust.
Mendez declined to apologize in court Wednesday for his actions and maintained his innocence.