Trafficker gets 10 years in Laredo cocaine case

August 11, 2011 5:00:40 AM PDT
A South Texas drug trafficker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a case that also landed a former police officer behind bars.

A federal judge in Laredo on Wednesday sentenced 36-year-old Guillermo Villarreal of Laredo. Villarreal in 2010 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Former Laredo police Officer Pedro Martinez III was sentenced last week to 6 1/2 years in prison for helping Villarreal move and safeguard drugs. Prosecutors say Martinez helped put Villarreal in contact with someone who allowed the storage of cocaine at a residence.

Investigators say the cocaine distribution case goes back to December 2008.