Ex-Houston parks worker gets 27 years in drug case

September 14, 2010 10:12:01 AM PDT
A judge in Houston has sentenced a former city parks worker to more than 27 years in federal prison in an international cocaine and $3 million drug money investigation. U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno says 40-year-old Jaime Arturo Zamora of Houston was sentenced Tuesday.

Zamora in February pleaded guilty to conspiracy and attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Zamora admitted being part of a drug distribution ring linked to contacts in Monterrey, Mexico.

Zamora also transferred and transported more than $3 million from the Houston area to Mexico, which he must forfeit.

Prosecutors say Zamora was arrested July 16, 2009, while attempting to take delivery of cocaine.