SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A sergeant in the Arizona National Guard who served in Iraq has been sentenced to three years in a Massachusetts prison after pleading guilty to his role in a scheme to move $1 million worth of cocaine from Mexico to Canada.
Gerardo Flores of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced Monday in Salem Superior Court on drug charges.
The 29-year-old Flores was 1 of 3 men arrested at a Peabody hotel in December 2011 by Massachusetts police acting on a tip from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The cases against the other two men are pending.
Authorities say they were moving nearly 25 pounds of cocaine.
The Salem News (http://bit.ly/10tpU2p ) reports that the judge took into account Flores' military service at sentencing.
Flores' lawyer called his client's involvement in the scheme an "aberration."
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com