By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former Philadelphia police officer was sentenced today to 17½ years in prison for stealing from drug dealers.READ MORE: Police Release Surveillance Video Of Suspect, 2 Others Wanted In Connection To Murder Of 30-Year-Old Roynell Phavor Houston
US District Court judge Legrome Davis Jr. told defendant Jonathan Garcia that he had done more harm than he can fathom.READ MORE: King Of Prussia Businesses Provide Free Meals To Police, Fire, EMS Personnel During First Responders Appreciation Week
“Garcia was the mastermind of a criminal scheme — basically, they were robbing drug dealers,” says federal prosecutor Kevin Brenner. “They were using a confidential source in a way that was against Philadelphia police protocols. And they were using the source to set up drug dealers who they would then stop, search, and ultimately rob of money they recovered from them.”
Garcia, who blamed greed and his own Percocet abuse, also admitted selling heroin that he had obtained from another source.MORE NEWS: Phillies Bring Back Bobby Dickerson As Infield Coach
A co-defendant, a former partner of Garcia who admitted stealing money but was not charged with dealing drugs, was set to be sentenced this afternoon.