Northeast Tarrant

Husband offered to pay $30,000 for wife’s cocaine overdose death, warrant says

Thomas Salinas Jr., of Bedford is accused of attempting to get someone to kill his wife with laced cocaine.
Thomas Salinas Jr., of Bedford is accused of attempting to get someone to kill his wife with laced cocaine.

Thomas Dimas Salinas Jr. worried his wife was spending all his money, and she just had asked for a divorce.

So Salinas, 38, offered a friend $30,000 to lace some cocaine he could give to his wife and have her overdose, according to an arrest warrant.

It didn’t happen.

Salinas was arrested at his home in Bedford without incident Friday by members of a North East Tarrant County area SWAT Team. He was taken to the Tarrant County Jail on Saturday.

He faces a charge of criminal solicitation of capital murder, police said.

His wife could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

His wife had filed for divorce in August, according to Tarrant County court records.

Salinas told a friend last week that his wife had been drinking heavily and using cocaine, according to the arrest warrant obtained by the Star-Telegram on Tuesday.

He stated she “would get a lot in the divorce.”

Salinas asked his friend if he could get him some laced cocaine and GHB, a date-rape drug, so he could give it to his wife to overdose, the warrant states.

Salinas told the friend, “I’ll pay you $30,000 as soon as ___is done,” according to the warrant. The statement “___is done” meant when she is dead, police said in the warrant.

The friend provided Salinas with cocaine on Thursday night, but not enough to cause Salinas’ wife to overdose, according to the warrant.

The friend told police he never intended to provide Salinas with a laced drug and hoped Salinas was not serious.

He contacted police later Thursday night when he realized Salinas wanted to go through with the plan, the warrant states.

The friend told police, “My friend Thomas wants me to help get rid of his wife,” according to the warrant.

No other people have been arrested in the case.

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Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr
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