HOUSTON – A former Harris County deputy
constable and her husband have been charged with conspiring to possess heroin
with the intent to distribute it as well as attempting to launder drug
proceeds, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
A Houston grand jury returned the six-count
indictment Sept. 18 against Betty Jean Molina, 56, and her husband Henry
Molina, 59, both of Houston. They were taken into custody yesterday and are
expected to make their initial appearances today before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Christina A. Bryan at 10 a.m.
At the time of the offense, Jean Molina was a
deputy constable with Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office.
She and her husband are charged for their
involvement in the laundering of what they believed was $500,000 in drug
proceeds over a two-month-period.
The couple is charged with one count of
conspiracy and another count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin
for which they face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison as well as a
possible $10 million fine. If convicted of any of the four counts of money
laundering, they also face a potential sentence of 20 years of federal
imprisonment. Those counts also carry up to a $500,000 fine or twice the value
of the property involved in the transaction.
The FBI conducted the investigation with the
assistance of Harris County Constable Precinct 5 and the FBI Houston Law
Enforcement and Border Corruption Task Force, which includes the Houston Police
Department’s Internal Affairs Proactive Unit and the Texas Department of Public
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Arthur R. Jones and Alamdar Hamdani are
prosecuting the case.