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Convicted ex-Miami Springs police Sgt. Andres Quintanilla appeals nine-year sentence

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

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.

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.