Former Del Rio officer sentenced to 7 years on drug charges, DOJ says

Conviction for possession, distribution of controlled substance also comes with


DEL RIO, Texas – A federal judge sentenced former Del Rio Police Officer Raymond Villarreal on Wednesday to seven years in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Villarreal is also required to pay a $3,000 fine.

On May 21, 2015, Villarreal, 43, admitted to distributing cocaine from his business, Raul's Body Shop, for two years, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

In addition to the fines and prison time, U.S. District Judge Alia Moses ordered that Villarreal also be supervised for five years following the end of his prison term.

"[Homeland Security Investigations] will continue to work closely with its law enforcement partners to bring narcotics traffickers to justice, even those in the position of public trust,” said HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Shane Folden.

The investigation into Villarreal's case was a joint effort between the Del Rio Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Val Verde County Sheriff's Department.

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