Gets Almost Six Years in Prison
The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former Central Texas police officer caught
in a drug sting has been sentenced to almost six years in prison
for agreeing to protect cocaine shipments.
David Anthony Morales, who tried to commit suicide last month,
was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edward C. Prado on Wednesday
to five years, 10 months in prison.
"I'm very sorry for what occurred," the 40-year-old said in a
weak voice. "I did lose a lot."
Morales, 40, was one of 10 law-enforcement officers duped by
undercover agents who posed as drug dealers intent on hiring
badge-wearing bodyguards for drug transactions. Indicted last
year, Morales quickly pleaded guilty.
Morales stood out as perhaps the most brazen of the rogue
officers. Only he showed up to deliver drugs while in uniform and
on duty. Agents once filmed him putting into his squad car a
briefcase of what he believed was 22 pounds of cocaine.
Agents also recorded him talking about how he would be willing
to stand guard outside a drug stash house -- as long as he had an
appropriate automatic rifle.
Morales' lawyer, Van Hilley, said his client has lost
everything - his job, his reputation and his wife, also a police
"Unlike Job, who had Satan to blame for his troubles, David
Morales has nobody to blame except the guy he sees in the mirror
every morning," Hilley told the San Antonio Express-News for its
In a suicide note that Morales scrawled after swallowing all
his prescription medication on Aug. 12, he said: "When you send me
to jail, I am asking for life because I have nothing here in
In the next paragraph, Morales turned his bitterness on the
"I am not sorry for what occurred, because what the FBI (did)
was wrong in violating my constitutional rights," he wrote.
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Morales will remain in a psychiatric facility for evaluation
until he can be assigned to a federal penitentiary, the judge