POSTED: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 6:24pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
A former Starr County Sheriff convicted today of helping Mexican drug traffickers smuggle drugs through the county.
Today, a federal judge sentenced 52-year old, Reymundo Guerra to 5 years and 4 months behind bars.
He also got four years of probation.
This sentence comes after Guerra pleaded guilty to charges in May.
Guerra was charged with conspiring and facilitating drug deals into the United Sttes in exchange for money.
The FBI arrested the former Sheriff at the Sheriff's Department in October.
Earlier in court, Guerra admitted to sharing law enforcement information with a Mexican drug ring.
Guerra could have spent 10 years to life in prison, but prosecutors say he only played a minor role in the drug trafficking scheme.
Authorities say, Guerra was one of 27 people being charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.
Of those 27, twenty people along with Guerra plead guilty.