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Deputy Who Smuggled Heroin in a Burrito Gets 2 Years in Jail

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Henry Marin, the former Los Angeles County deputy sheriff who smuggled heroin into the courthouse jail by stuffing it inside a burrito, was sentenced today to two years in county jail.

The failed participant in the law enforcement reality series "The Academy," opted to ultimately plead no contest to one count of bringing drugs into a jail, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The charge of conspiracy to commit a crime was dismissed, said Deputy District Attorney Amy Pellman Pentz of the Justice System Integrity Division.

In February 2010, Marin took part in an arranged hand-off of a bean-and-cheese burrito he knew to contain heroin. The woman providing him with the burrito to take inside the Airport Courthouse courtroom to which Marin was assigned was cooperating with the LASD's investigation. Marin was stopped before he entered the courtroom.

Before making into the LASD, Marin attempted to get on the force but failed, and his foibles were captured on camera on the TV show "The Academy." Among Marin's real-life gaffes include dozing off during an orientation session (day one), putting his tie on backwards, and flunking some role-playing exercises.

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Marin resigned in April. He was taken into custody today immediately following sentencing. Luckily for Marin, burritos are often staples on jail menus.