Former Candidate for Hidalgo County Constable Arrested for DWI

Former Candidate for Constable Arrested for DWI

Former Hidalgo County constable candidate Robert Ricardo Maldonado was arrested for DWI Wednesday when Hidalgo County deputy constables found his truck driving on the shoulder of the road near Farm-to-Market Road 491 and Mile 10 North. Maldonado’s campaign for constable fell apart when he was formally charged with money laundering that had ties to the Gulf Cartel.

Maldonado was arrested in February 2012 when DPS found nearly $1 million in the trunk of his car during a traffic stop close to Victoria; the cash was in 108 bundles and, at the time of the traffic stop, Maldonado was already being investigated for being a drug carrier for Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. He was arrested and released on $125,000 bail and soon after, Maldonado’s estate was raided by federal agencies where he had several exotic animals. However, an indictment in that case was never filed and no federal charges have been filed against Maldonado.

Thus, Maldonado lost his April 2012 bid for Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Constable. Between 2003 and 2007, Maldonado had worked as a narcotics officer with Hidalgo County. He had also worked as a DPS trooper however was terminated from that position in 1994 when he was charged with aggravated assault, charges that were later dismissed.

In the recent traffic stop that led to his DWI arrest, Maldonado refused to take a Breathalyzer test. He was released from custody after posting a bail of $1,500.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled Texas DWI attorney for legal assistance.

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