South Florida officer facing 20 years after pleading guilty to working with drug trafficker

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MIAMI — A South Florida police officer is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges that he worked with a drug trafficker.

Miami Springs Sgt. Andres Quintanilla pleaded guilty Monday to one count of attempting to affect commerce by extortion under color of law. The 33-year-old officer had been arrested by the FBI in May.

The Miami Herald reports ( ) that an FBI informant told Quintanilla last September that he was a drug trafficker. Instead of arresting him, Quintanilla offered to help him. Prosecutors say he gave the informant the location of an undercover police drug office and the names of three Miami-Dade County police officers. He then agreed to escort 10 kilograms of cocaine.

Information from: The Miami Herald,

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