A former La Feria deputy constable has pleaded guilty to extortion.
According to U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, Armando Gonzalez was a Precinct 5 deputy constable.
We’re told that while Gonzalez was serving as a deputy constable, he admitted to receiving a $50 Bass Pro Shop gift card in exchange for conducting a license plate check on a vehicle for someone he personally knew.
The release stated that Gonzalez also knew the individual had been involved in narcotics trafficking.
According to the plea agreement, Gonzalez also committed another extortion act on May 26, 2016 at the request of the same person, he conducted another license plate check on another vehicle. Gonzalez received $40 in cash for conducting the check.
Sentencing for Gonzalez will take place on December 18.
Gonzalez faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.