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      Former Starr County captain gets prison for helping drug traffickers

      A former South Texas sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for helping protect drug dealers and their smuggling routes.

      The Monitor in McAllen reports a federal judge in Houston sentenced 41-year-old former Starr County sheriff's Capt. Romeo Javier Ramirez.

      Ramirez was arrested in March then in April pleaded guilty to violating the Hobbs Act by accepting bribes from drug traffickers.

      Prosecutors say Ramirez from 2006 to 2008 received about $30,000 from traffickers to provide the location of patrolling Texas Department of Public Safety troopers.

      Ramirez, who was sentenced Monday, formerly was in charge of the jail division of the Starr County Sheriff's Office. He resigned amid the corruption investigation.