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Former Fresno deputy police chief sentenced to 4 years in prison

FILE PHOTO: Former Fresno deputy police chief sentenced to 4 years in prison

Former deputy police chief Keith Foster was found guilty on drug trafficking charges back in May.

On Monday he was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

53-year-old Foster was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said, "Earlier this year, a jury found Keith Foster guilty of violating the very laws he was sworn to enforce. By conspiring with others to distribute illegal drugs, Foster breached the trust that the community placed in him as deputy chief of the Fresno Police Department and invited the danger and violence associated with such activity into our neighborhoods."

Co-defendant Ricky Reynolds is also scheduled to be sentenced Monday afternoon.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Department of Justice says six others pleaded guilty before trial to various offenses related to the drug trafficking conspiracy. On July 10, 2017, Randy Flowers, 51, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison, on August 14, 2017, Denny Foster, 46, was sentenced to a year and a half in prison. On October 11, 2016, Rafael Guzman, 43, of Fresno was sentenced to three years and four months in prison. Jennifer Donabedian, 37, of Fresno, pleaded guilty to concealing a felony and served 12 months’ probation. Sarah Ybarra, 39, of Fresno, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and served one year in prison



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