Initially charged with conspiracy, possession, and money laundering, a former deputy constable recently pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. According to the plea agreement, the former Texas law enforcement officer and her husband transported approximately a half-million dollars in drug proceeds on multiple occasions.
While serving as a deputy constable with Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office, Betty Molina received approximately $30,000 after she and her husband, Henry Molina, obtained several thousands of dollars in drug proceeds before transporting the money into Houston. On at least one occasion, they also transported a significant amount of narcotics, including heroin.
During one of the trips, Betty Molina used her law enforcement credentials when stopped for speeding in order to get out of a ticket. Law enforcement officials often refer to this procedure as “badging” another officer.
In September 2019, a Houston grand jury indicted Betty and Henry Molina on six counts, including one count of conspiracy, one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin, and four counts of money laundering. On July 28, Henry Molina pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.
On Wednesday, Betty Molina pled guilty to the same charge as her husband. They each face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison as well as a possible $10 million fine.
U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. has accepted the guilty pleas and scheduled sentencing for January 26, 2021.