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WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former deputy sheriff has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for protecting drug dealers.

Authorities say former Pierce County deputy sheriff Randy Strickland was sentenced to 93 months in prison Wednesday in federal court.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Strickland agreed to act as a lookout for people he believed were dealing meth. Authorities say this took place while Strickland was armed, in uniform and riding in his sheriff's department vehicle.

Strickland was caught in a sting involving a confidential informant who was being monitored by federal agents.

Authorities say Strickland asked the informant to pay him $100 for security, and to leave the money in a potato chip bag on the side of the road.

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