HOUSTON, Texas — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the apprehension of a former Texas Constable's deputy who escorted and protected cocaine deliveries and stole cash and drugs during traffic stops.
According to the FBI, on December 6, 2007, 43-year-old Tomas Alberto Roque Espinoza was serving as a constable's deputy in Harris County when he accepted payment to escort and protect a vehicle he believed to be transporting five kilograms of cocaine. He was also allegedly pulling over vehicles and keeping any drugs or money he found.
On January 8, 2013, Roque was federally charged in the Southern District of Texas with possession with intent to distribute and a Hobbs Act violation to which he pleaded guilty to on June 7, 2013. Roque was scheduled to be sentenced on these charges on September 16, 2013, but fled prior to his sentencing date.
Roque's date of birth used is listed as August 7, 1976, and is presumed 43 years old. He was born in Honduras and is described by federal authorities as 5'7", 165 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. He has a small scar on the upper-right center of his forehead. He speaks both English and Spanish.
Roque has ties to Houston, Texas, and Honduras.