Former Brownsville police officer sentenced for escorting drugs
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 53-year-old man residing in Brownsville has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of trafficking one kilogram of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Jose Salinas pleaded guilty Aug. 2. He is a former law enforcement officer of the Brownsville Police Department.
Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. ordered Salinas to serve 96 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay a $3,000 fine. In handing down the sentence, the court noted the position that Salinas held as an officer and that he misused this position of trust to commit the crime over a period of time, not just on one occasion. Judge Rodriguez also expressed concern that the criminal conduct Salinas committed cast all law enforcement in a bad light in the community.
On March 19, 2020, Salinas met people he believed to be drug traffickers at a used car lot he owned. Salinas received $2,500 in cash for escorting meth and cocaine from the lot to a stash house he provided. During that time, Salinas had parked his marked police car in front of the stash house to protect the drug load.
Salinas was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with assistance of the Brownsville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A. Lindenmuth, Israel Cano and Jody Young prosecuted the case.