- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Houston police officer has been sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for his role in an international drug conspiracy.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans says in a news release that 47-year-old Noe Juarez was sentenced Wednesday.

Juarez was convicted by a jury in New Orleans in January.

Prosecutors say Juarez became involved with an international conspiracy that reached into Louisiana. They also say Juarez helped drug runners by sharing police tactics, running license plate numbers and selling or supplying them with weapons and body armor.

The operation distributed cocaine from a Mexican cartel throughout the United States. Juarez was convicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

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