Reserve deputy arrested on federal charges

Published On: Jan 16 2013 02:34:24 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 16 2013 03:52:42 PM CST

A reserve deputy constable has been accused of taking money to help cocaine be distributed.

Tomas Roque, who worked with the Harris County Precinct 6 Constable's Office, was arrested Wednesday on charges of (drug) possession with the intent to distribute and extortion under color of law.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Roque, 26, aided in the possession of cocaine on Dec. 6 and accepted $2,000 for the protection he provided. Prosecutors said that is a violation of the Hobbs Act.

Roque is expected to appear before a federal judge on Thursday.

If convicted of (drug) possession with the intent to distribute, Roque would face 10 years to life in prison and a possible fine of up to $10 million. If convicted of extortion under color of law, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the Harris County Precinct 6 Constable's Office, Roque has served with the department for 2.5 years and has been terminated.


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