Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Former Harris County deputy constable pleads guilty to transporting drug money and heroin

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A former Harris County deputy constable and her husband pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas.

Betty Jean Molina, 57, and her husband, Henry Molina, 60, both live in Houston. They previously admitted to transporting what they believed to be about a half-million dollars in drug money on multiple occasions. They had also agreed to transport heroin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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Betty Molina was a deputy constable with Harris County Pct. 5 Constable’s Office at the time of the offense. As part of her plea, she admitted to using her law enforcement credentials when stopped for speeding on one of their trips, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The couple further admitted to transporting a “significant amount of narcotics” and bringing several thousands of dollars of drug money back to Houston. They earned about $30,000 from the criminal acts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. set a sentencing hearing for Jan. 26, 2021. They each face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, as well as a possible $10 million fine. They were allowed to remain on bond before the sentencing.

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