Miami Springs Police Sgt. Andres Quintanilla, who was arrested in May by the FBI on a federal corruption charge, has filed a “change of plea” request in U.S. District Court.
Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley will preside over the hearing at the C. Clyde Atkins Courthouse, 301 North Miami Avenue, at 3:30 p.m. on July 6.
The Miami Herald reported earlier that Quintanilla’s two-week criminal trial was scheduled to start July 13.
According to the federal complaint, a confidential FBI source said he told Quintanilla in September 2014 that he was a drug trafficker. Instead of arresting the source, Quintanilla “offered to help the [informant’s] drug trafficking business,” the complaint alleges.
If convicted, Quintanilla, 33, faces up to 20 years in federal prison.