A former secretary for the U.S. attorney's office who breached security by informing a drug suspect of an impending raid was ordered Monday to perform 200 hours of community service work.
Carol Haskell, 35, of La Mesa, was also placed on five years' probation by U.S. District Judge J. Lawrence Irving.
Haskell pleaded guilty Sept. 17 to illegal dissemination of confidential information. She could have received five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Haskell was a close friend of the fiancee of Mark Wheat, a drug suspect, and notified him about the investigation. Wheat escaped before authorities raided his house. He since has been convicted of drug charges and was sentenced last year. Haskell left the U.S. attorney's office in January, 1986.
The judge said his initial reaction to the case was one of "outrage." He said federal agents could have been killed when they arrived to arrest Wheat.