A former U.S. Homeland Security special agent was sentenced on Friday to three years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for getting an indicted Colombian drug kingpin dismissed from a case against the once-powerful Cali cartel, court records showed.
Christopher Ciccione, 52, a veteran of the Navy and Army National Guard, pleaded guilty in Miami federal court in November to conspiracy to defraud the United States, two months after his arrest.
Ciccione traveled to Bogota in December 2010 to meet with Jose Bayron Piedrahita, an indicted drug lord with the Cali cartel, U.S. prosecutors said.
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