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Miami Springs police sergeant files ‘change of plea’ request in corruption case

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 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.

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