Former Bexar jail guard sentenced in cocaine smuggling

Hector Franco sentenced to 5 years in federal prison

Published On: Oct 05 2012 11:33:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2012 03:44:33 PM CDT

Hector Franco, 37, a former Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy and Bexar County Jail guard, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for conspiring to protect cocaine shipments.

According to a statement issued by the Department of Justice, Franco was ordered to be placed under supervised release for a period of five years after completing his prison term.

According to the DoJ, on July 6, 2012, Franco pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and two substantive counts of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

In his guilty plea, Franco admitted to providing protection for two separate loads of what he believed was cocaine.

A Department of Justice representative said one of the loads was a four-kilogram shipment driven from Hondo, Texas, to San Antonio by his fellow officer and co-defendant, 39-year-old Jose Angel Cordero on July 3, 2008.

The other was a seven-kilogram load on Dec. 17, 2009, driven from San Antonio to New Braunfels by an undercover FBI agent.

In exchange for his services, Franco was paid $1,700, the DoJ representative said.

Cordero, who pleaded guilty to the same charges in March, is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30am on Nov. 30, 2012, before Chief Judge Biery. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ray Gattinella is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.