MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee detective who once faced a charge of helping a drug dealer has now been indicted on a charge of lying to the FBI about an informant.
The indictment against 40-year-old Willie Huerta was unsealed this week. Lying to a federal agent carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Huerta was charged last May with obstruction of justice after the FBI concluded he helped a suspected drug dealer. Huerta allegedly intervened in a traffic stop that ended with the suspect being released and his vehicle not being searched even though it smelled like marijuana. Federal prosecutors dropped the case two weeks later.
Huerta remains suspended from the Milwaukee department. His lawyer declined to comment on the indictment.
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