Former Miami Springs police Sgt. Andres Quintanilla filed notice on Tuesday, Oct. 13, for a federal court appellate review of his nine-year prison sentence for acting as an escort during a 10-kilogram cocaine deal.
Quintanilla, 33, was arrested in May by the FBI on a federal corruption charge. 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 sergeant, also a Coral Gables Realtor, pleaded guilty July 6 to one count of “attempting to affect commerce by extortion under color of law,” according to a plea agreement filed with the U.S. District Court in Miami. Miami Springs fired Quintanilla on July 7.
According to the agreement, Quintanilla waived all rights to an appeal.
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At the Sept. 24 sentencing hearing, an attempt by Quintanilla’s attorney, André Rouviere, for a punishment of 57 months was denied.
Instead, Chief U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore on Sept. 25 sentenced Quintanilla to 108 months in prison, fined him $5,000 and ordered another year of probation upon release.
Quintanilla has appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit “from the final judgment and sentence in a criminal case dated Sept. 25,” court records show.
Miami attorney Ben Kuehne is also representing Quintanilla in the appeal.