puerto-rico-flag_web.jpgSAN JUAN — A former policeman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for providing security for drug dealers.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Javier A. Diaz Castro was sentenced July 12 in San Juan. He was charged in a 2010 indictment, along with 88 other law enforcers in Puerto Rico, as part of an extensive FBI undercover operation. He was convicted last year.

Diaz provided security for what he thought were illegal drug deals but were actually part of the FBI sting. He was a 10-year veteran of the police department and was assigned to the frauds unit at the time of his arrest.

Diaz received cash payments of $2,000 per drug deal.