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Private security guard sentenced for providing armed security for drug transaction in Puerto Rico
Published on May 13, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A former private security guard was sentenced in Puerto Rico on Monday for his role in providing armed security for a drug transaction.

Ricardo Amaro-Santiago, 41, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison by US District Judge Gustavo Gelpi.

Amaro-Santiago was charged in an indictment unsealed on October 6, 2010, along with 89 law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico and 44 other individuals, as part of the FBI undercover operation known as Guard Shack.

According to the indictment and information presented in court, in May 2010, Amaro-Santiago provided security for what he believed was an illegal drug deal, but which in fact was part of the undercover FBI operation.

Amaro-Santiago was employed as a private security guard but posed as a Puerto Rico police officer during the transaction. Amaro-Santiago was brought into the scheme by a co-defendant who was a police officer in Puerto Rico.

In return for the security he provided, Amaro-Santiago received a cash payment of $1,000, which the court on Monday ordered that he forfeit as part of his sentence.
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