Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

DEL RIO – A federal judge sentenced 43-year-old former Del Rio police officer Raymond Villarreal to 7 years in federal prison for drug distribution, announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden.

Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2016, US Judge Alia Moses also ordered Villarreal to pay a $3,000 fine, and be placed on supervised release for a period of 5 years after completing his prison term.

“While some may mistakenly view smuggling and trafficking in narcotics as a path to a quick profit, the sentencing of Raymond Villarreal demonstrates that serious consequences await those who engage in this criminal activity,” said Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, HSI San Antonio.

“HSI will continue to work closely with its law enforcement partners to bring narcotics traffickers to justice, even those in the position of public trust.”

On May 21, 2015, Villarreal pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. By pleading guilty, Villarreal admitted that from January 2012 to December 2013, he distributed cocaine throughout the Del Rio area from his business, Raul’s Body Shop. 

This case was investigated by HSI agents out of Del Rio, Texas, with the support of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Drug Enforcement Administration, Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office and the Del Rio Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Todd R. Keagle and Michael Galdo.