**Updated** Former Mountie sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing 10 kilograms of cocaine

Justice

**Updated at 12:40 p.m.**

A former RCMP officer who worked at the Operational Communications Centre in Truro has been sentenced to ten years in prison for stealing ten kilograms of cocaine from an exhibit locker.

Craig Robert Burnett, former commander of an RCMP National Port Enforcement Team, stole the drug from the force's Nova Scotia headquarters in 2011 and replaced it with another substance.

The drugs were no longer evidence in a court case and were scheduled to be destroyed.

Justice James Chipman says Burnett will serve his sentence in a minimum security prison.

The former Sergeant was convicted in April in Nova Scotia Supreme Court following a 21-day trial on charges of breach of trust, trafficking cocaine, obstructing a police officer by counselling a witness to lie, and intent to mislead 

The judge said Burnett gave the cocaine to a businessman friend, who then gave it to a third man to sell.

The trio split the proceeds three ways, with Burnett collecting about $100,000 in cash.

(With files from The Canadian Press)