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Former chief of Bolivian anti-narcotics police gets 14 years in prison in US cocaine case
MIAMI (AP) ' The former chief of Bolivia's anti-narcotics police will serve 14 years in a U.S. prison for cocaine trafficking.
A Miami federal judge imposed the sentence Friday on 54-year-old Rene Sanabria, a general who served 32 years in Bolivia's police force. When he was arrested last year, Sanabria was head of a Bolivian anti-drug intelligence unit.
Sanabria pleaded guilty in June to taking part in a conspiracy to ship hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Bolivia to Chile and then to Miami. The plot was really an undercover U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sting operation.
The charge carries a required minimum 10-year sentence. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro gave Sanabria a higher sentence because of his leadership role and to send an anti-corruption message to other government officials.