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Trial date set for Miami Springs police sergeant facing corruption charges

Miami Springs Police Sgt. Andres Quintanilla in September 2014.
Miami Springs Police Sgt. Andres Quintanilla in September 2014. Miami Herald File

Miami Springs Police Sgt. Andres Quintanilla, who was arrested last month by the FBI on a federal corruption charge, will face a two-week criminal trial starting July 13 in U.S. District Court.

Quintanilla, 33, a 16-year veteran of the force, was charged with “attempting to affect commerce by extortion under color of official right,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.

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.

In December, Quintanilla agreed to act as an escort during a purported 10 kilogram cocaine deal, the complaint states. Quintanilla also chose a safe location in Miami Springs where the source could exchange 10 kilograms of cocaine for $250,000, according to the complaint.

After the purported deal took place, Quintanilla then followed the source — while in uniform and driving his MSPD marked vehicle — to an express package service center, where Quintanilla believed the source would ship the $250,000 of drug proceeds to New York, the complaint says. In exchange for his assistance, Quintanilla accepted $3,500 in bribe payments from the source, it says.

City payroll records in 2014 show Quintanilla earned $117,772.20 in salary and benefits last year. Since his arrest, Quintanilla has been relieved of duty without pay, according to Miami Springs Police Chief Armando Guzman.

Chief District Judge K. Michael Moore will preside over the case in courtroom 13-1 at 400 N. Miami Ave. starting at 9 a.m. on July 13.

If convicted, Quintanilla faces up to 20 years in federal prison.