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Ex-Police Officer Gets 10 Years In Prison

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- A former Prince George's County police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to sell untaxed cigarettes and cocaine.

Sinisa Simic, who was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Greenbelt, pleaded guilty in 2011 to cocaine trafficking, extortion and firearm offenses. He admitted protecting the sale and transport of multiple shipments of contraband cigarettes in Maryland, Virginia and elsewhere.

The 30-year-old Woodbridge, Va. resident was indicted in 2010 as part of a probe of corruption in the county that brought down then-County Executive Jack Johnson, three police officers and six others.

Simic received the longest sentence of the officers. All were involved in a cigarette and alcohol smuggling ring, but Simic and a co-conspirator were also selling cocaine in an unrelated scheme.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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