Former firefighter pleads guilty to cocaine distribution

Published On: Feb 25 2013 05:12:38 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 25 2013 05:13:01 PM EST

A former Coral Springs firefighter pleaded guilty to providing protection for a criminal informant who was delivering fake cocaine.

Santiago Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one count of attempted distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Gonzalez was arrested Jan. 24.

According to a criminal complaint, Gonzalez provided protection for a criminal informant who was picking up and delivering fake cocaine.

Gonzalez faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced May 7.