How many citizens has he ticketed or arrested for possession of substances that are deemed illegal by the “War on Drugs”? Would it be OK for him to ruin other people’s lives with jail time and fines and then turn around and help smuggle cocaine?
MIAMI, FL — In September 2014, Miami Springs Police Sergeant Andres Quintanilla heard from someone who claimed to be a drug trafficker.
The cop offered to help him with his illegal narcotics business.
Quintanilla should have arrested him, but perhaps his greed got the best of him.
The drug trafficker made several requests and the 33-year-old policeman complied.
He provided the location of an undercover police narcotics officer, gave out the names of three Miami-Dade police officers and ran the name of an elected drug dealer in a law enforcement database.
Three months later, Quintanilla chose a safe location in Miami Springs so his new acquaintance could carry out a cocaine deal involving a whopping 10 kg of the drug.
The transaction was worth $250,000.
He did not leave the drug trafficker’s side even after the deal.
In a marked police vehicle wearing his uniform, Quintanilla followed the criminal to an express package service centre where he believed the quarter of million dollars would be shipped to New York.
As a reward the cop charged $3,500 plus $100 special assessment.
Quintanilla probably thought he could walk on water.
After all, he had been with the police department for 16 years and had managed to maintain an unblemished record.
He also had two masters degrees from Florida International University.
He also headed the 911 Realty Group, the real estate company he founded.
Unknown to Quintanilla, the drug trafficker he was helping was actually a confidential FBI source.
The cookie finally crumbled and the corrupt police officer is sentenced to federal prison.
Despite this unflattering proof of his involvement in illegal narcotics, his attorney André Rouviere says his client is still a good man, who just ended up doing something bad.
Friends, family and colleagues are rallying to support Quintanilla.
However, Chief U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore is unsympathetic of these requests in light of the fact that Quintanilla should have simply known better.
He also turned down Quintanilla’s lawyer’s request for a 57 month sentence.
Quintanilla’s girlfriend is of the opinion that he befriended the FBI source posing as a drug trafficker because he thought that it could lead him to uncover criminal activity and corruption in the city.
The convict has also been fined $5000 and will be expected to serve a year’s probation after being released.
The case has garnered much interest from the public due to concerns that members of law enforcement feel they can get away with anything.
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