ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The family of a man who was gunned down near his South Valley home has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration claiming the man accused in Jason Estrada’s murder was an active DEA informer at the time who was improperly supervised by federal agents.
Edward Quintana, 31, has been charged in state District Court with killing Estrada, and is charged in a second indictment with criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, among other charges. He has trials pending in both cases and is being held on a $600,000 bond.
The lawsuit claims that at the time of both Estrada’s killing and the sexual assault of the child, Quintana was an active DEA informant who had worked on several cases for federal narcotics agents.
According to media reports, Estrada apparently confronted Quintana over the sexual assaults of the child, leading to the confrontation that allegedly led to his death.