Family of man killed by DEA snitch sues for $50M

Edward Quintana

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The family of a man who was allegedly killed by an active Drug Enforcement Administration informant in April 2013 has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, seeking $50 million.

The lawsuit filed by the family of Jason Estrada names as defendants six DEA agents and claims that they botched the vetting and supervision of Edward Quintana, 31, who is accused of gunning Estrada down outside his South Valley home. Quintana is also charged with raping Estrada’s then-6-year-old son.

KRQE News 13 reported on the Quintana matter in February. 

Quintana has pleaded not guilty to both the rape and murder charges and is scheduled to go on trial for Estrada’s death in November. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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