A jury today ordered five years in prison for an ex-Dallas policeman in the so-called fake drugs scandal.
Jurors on March 31st convicted Mark De La Paz of lying to a judge in a search warrant application.
De La Paz had faced punishment ranging from probation to ten years in prison
The fake drugs scandal has plagued the Dallas Police Department since 2001.
Dozens of innocent people, mostly Mexican immigrants, were arrested and jailed.
Some paid informants later admitted to a complicated scheme to plant bogus drugs on innocent people.
De La Paz was acquitted in November of federal civil rights charges.
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