Former Sullivan City police chief gets 10 years in prison

A former South Texas police chief who pleaded guilty to helping Mexican drug cartels smuggle drugs across the border has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Hernan Guerra Jr. pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute. He was sentenced Wednesday.

The 45-year-old was arrested last summer at the Sullivan City Police Department.

The McAllen Monitor reports that at the sentencing, Guerra told U.S. District Judge Randy Crane that he is sorry for what he has done.

Crane said federal investigators had tapped Guerra's phone lines. Crane says that in those recordings, Guerra "seemed to scoff" at the idea of getting arrested.