SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former prison guard has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for arranging to buy cocaine during a sting.

Matthew Gutierrez was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Diego.

Gutierrez was arrested in September after federal agents found him with 11 ounces of fake cocaine. He later pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Authorities say the 34-year-old Gutierrez, a former guard at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center, told an inmate at the prison he was interested in buying cocaine to sell. The inmate put Gutierrez in touch with another man who worked as a law enforcement confidential source.

Investigators say the two men met several times and Gutierrez accepted the fake drugs from the source.


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