Two veteran Miami police officers were charged with providing protection for purported shipments of cocaine and stolen goods in what was actually an FBI sting.
Officer Geovani Nunez and Detective Jorge Hernandez are accused of helping protect shipments of what they thought were stolen televisions and computers and at least 12 kilograms of cocaine -- sometimes by using their police cars to escort trucks.
Prosecutors said the officers were paid a combined $39,500 by a secret FBI informant they thought was involved in illegal businesses.
Nunez and Hernandez were released on bond. If convicted, they could face life sentences.