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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ex-Miami Officer Gets 9-Years In Corruption Sting

Geovani Nuñez Sentenced To More Than 11 Years In Prison - Nuñez & George Hernandez Were Arrested In May

MIAMI- A former 13-year old veteran of the City of Miami Police Department was sentenced Thursday to 9-years in federal prison on drug conspiracy charges. Jorge Hernandez and fellow ex-officer Geovani Nuñez previously pled guilty for their roles in protecting what they thought was a multi-kilo delivery of cocaine. It turned out to be part of an undercover FBI sting operation. Hernandez' 9-year prison sentence is to be followed by three years of supervised release. Hernandez and Nuñez were arrested in May and both later pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to possess and distribute drugs. Nuñez was sentenced last month to more than 11 years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised released. He was also ordered to pay $28-thousand in restitution to the FBI. Prosecutors say both took cash bribes in exchange for escorting what they thought was a truck full of stolen goods and cocaine. In all, Nuñez was paid $28,000 over eight months for the work. Hernandez got $11,500. It turned out that it was all an undercover operation by the FBI and many of the meetings and transactions were audio and videotaped, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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