FRESNO, Calif. — The former deputy police chief of the Fresno Police Department has been sentenced to four years in prison for peddling drugs while holding one of the department’s top positions.

The Fresno Bee reports Keith Foster was sentenced Monday by Judge Anthony Ishii in U.S. District Court. He must surrender to authorities by Jan. 13.

Foster was convicted of distributing oxycodone, heroin and marijuana.

The case began with a federal investigation of Foster’s nephew Dennis Foster, who was suspected of dealing drugs. The focus of the investigation shifted when investigators listened to the deputy chief call his nephew and discuss drugs.

The former police officer said he was trying to recruit his nephew as an informant.

Dennis Foster was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana with his uncle.


Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com