- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Clayton County police officer is going to prison for 10 years for conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Federal prosecutors say Dwayne Penn received the sentence during a hearing Friday.

Penn was working for the Clayton County Police Department and assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force at the time of the crime in August 2013.

Authorities say Penn conspired with an Atlanta-based drug dealer to stop a car they believed was carrying more than 11 pounds of cocaine.

A person the two recruited to help with the plan turned out to be an FBI informant.

Penn pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine last month.

The man prosecutors identify as the drug dealer, Adrian Austin, also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

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