Jalot killed in a sting operation

April 24-Albuquerque, New Mexico-A few minutes after Omar Cueva shot and killed New Mexico police officer Darian Jalot along Interstate 10, he became a Homeland Security undercover investigator. I called and told him I was pulled by the police. Queva told the agent, “I didn’t give them a chance,” but still wanted to meet the agent to sell £ 5 of methamphetamine.

Meanwhile, the agent was informed that the policeman had been killed.

HSI ranking agents told state police investigators that they knew “if they had the opportunity” that they had plans to pull Queva between Deming and Las Cruces. Otherwise, the 39-year-old would have been arrested by multiple HSI agents in an armored car when he met to sell stimulants.

The agent told state police investigators that he knew that Queva was armed and had told him he would not return to prison. Queva was killed in a gun battle with Las Cruces authorities shortly after killing Jarot.

A document released by state police on Friday details the events leading up to HSI’s undercover investigation into Queva and the killing of Jalot on February 4. Police officers were shot dead on duty for over 30 years.

According to a New Mexico police case report:

HSI agent Hector Fuerta, acting director of the Deming office, said a few weeks before the shooting, a confidential informant chipped them into Queva, saying, “How did he want to sell a lot of drugs? “I told the investigator. He said on January 28, undercover agents met Queva at a truck stop in Las Cruces and purchased a pound of methamphetamine and 4,000 fentanyl pills.

“During this deal, Mr. Queva acted paranoidly, taking pictures of surveillance vehicles and armed with a full Ak-47 rifle,” the report said.

Undercover investigators tried to buy a rifle from Queva, but refused, saying it was for “protection” as it was previously installed. HSI planned to arrest him on the next deal, but it was canceled because Queva had to go to Arizona for replenishment.

Queva said he could meet to sell £ 5 of stimulants on February 4, and HSI chose K-9 police officer Leonel Palomares as a “high-risk” suspension, “all of them.” I knew about Queva, who gave him “full disclosure.” Meanwhile, HSI sent a “warning” recommendation on February 2, while Queva was traveling on an I-10 between Arizona and New Mexico.

By February 3, Huerta told investigators that Cueva had returned to Deming and HSI had contacted Sergeant State Police. Mark Madrid for help with possible traffic outages. Madrid told him, “His men will be available.”

Mr Ferta said police officer Palomares still had plans to stop and did not know “where the information collapse occurred” or why Jalot stopped traffic.

Palomares told investigators that he was initially asked to stop Queva on January 28th. He was briefed by the State Police Sergeant. Sean Wood, in the background of Queva, was told that he needed a second officer while the car was stopped. Palomares said the suspension was canceled after Queva sold all the drugs to undercover agents.

Investigators learned through HSI that there are two action plans for the February 4 operation. The first Palomares officer involved is pulling Queva with a group of HSI agents in an armored SUV ready to act as a “quick reaction force.” If state police officers couldn’t find Queva along I-10 and arrived at the Las Cruces meeting place, undercover agents signaled when they confirmed that stimulants were there, and tactical agents. Moves to arrest Queva.

On February 4, HSI held a 45-minute briefing at Las Cruces at 10:30 am. The plan was to monitor Queva’s house until she was seen leaving. A description of the vehicle will be sent, and Palomares and another state police unit who were “on board” will stop the traffic. There were no state police officers at the briefing.

“I asked Agent Fuerta why he said in his operational plan that this was not a high-risk operation. Agent Fuerta (said) it was an oversight on his part, but they did this. Based on everything planned for the operation, it is certainly a high risk. “

Palomares first said that HSI said Queva was riding an SUV with his family. Then he was alone on the truck.

Waiting for them to pause, Palomares told his partner, “He didn’t feel good about the pause,” and the two began rehearsing how they would pause. I did. If they see a gun, “the suspension of serious crimes will be carried out soon.”

At 11:25 am, HSI agent Matthew Rodriguez sent a text message stating that the four policemen were performing at Mile Markers 102 and 132. At 11:59 am, Rodriguez sent another text, another police officer, Jalot, at Milemarker 98. Within minutes, Rodriguez sent the text that the policeman pulled Queva with Mile Marker 102.

The two HSI agents were traveling west in an armored car when they saw the traffic stopped and wondered where the policeman’s backup was. They stopped 200 yards away and saw a dark silhouette fall to the ground next to the truck. At first, they thought Jarot took Queva to the ground until he saw the Queva truck pulled away.

HSI agent Garrett Olsen asked investigators if Officer Jarot was part of the operation and said he “did not know” because he only talked to the sergeant. Madrid — I knew the details of Queva. After filming, Olsen wondered if Jalot knew how dangerous this traffic stop was, and after watching Jarot’s dashcom video, HSI special agent said Jarot “to” ) HSI’s knowledge of Mr. Queva. “

Palomares said he was waiting to stop traffic when he was informed that HSI had contacted Sgt. Madrid and shortly thereafter, they heard Jarot stopped traffic on the radio. A few minutes later, I received a report that the policeman was down.

Sgt. Madrid told investigators that he had obtained BOLO, a man who had loaded fentanyl and a gun on a truck from Tucson on February 2. Madrid said there was no briefing or criminal history regarding Queva.

“That’s a common thing we do every day,” he said of traffic outages.

He told Jalot to keep an eye out for a red Honda Civic or white pickup truck with a “headache rack”, reminding Jarot of BOLO, “This guy is supposed to have a gun. Don’t forget to be there. “

Madrid said Rodriguez messaged him a photo of a car leaving Queva’s house and asked him if anyone was available. Madrid told investigators that he had done so and Rodriguez sent Jarot a further message, but never gave him Rodriguez Jarot’s number.

Madrid said police officer Jalot had found the truck and speculated that he was rushing to the scene after Jarot was shot, “the next thing he knew.”

Preliminary autopsy findings reveal that Jarot was shot at least six times, injuring his head, neck, shoulders, sides of his chest, and back.

“What this guy did was so terrible that he had to do this (swearing),” Madrid told investigators. “Did the guy have something, or he just … who is this guy? I don’t know. I don’t know anything about it.”

Then Madrid began to relive the moment after he stood up in the crash.

“Only he is on the ground. They are pumping his chest. You see his best. It lies there. You don’t know what the freak should do. You are helpless. You. Should be a man who helps everyone, and you can’t even help your own man. You can’t (curse). You’re watching, you’re waiting for them, hurry, Load him, take him out of here and help him. “

A masked HSI agent told investigators that Queva called him after the traffic stopped and said he had been pulled by police, but “did not give them a chance.”

He said Queva still wanted to meet to sell £ 5 of stimulants, but would have to abandon his truck and board from an undercover investigator.

The undercover agent told the investigators to meet him in the desert area near the truck stop in Love and to abandon the truck, so he said he would pick him up.

He said Queva couldn’t do that because authorities were blocking all I-10 exits, and Queva must have dropped the phone because he could only hear “dead air.”

Undercover agents said they later learned that Queva was shot dead in a gun battle with authorities.

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