Thrice deported Mexican national faces firearms charges in Albuquerque
By Brian Seay
Investigators work the scene of a botched drug bust in a busy Albuquerque parking lot on June 19 after Juan Carlos Quezada-Lara fled. (Photo: KOB-TV)
A Mexican national who’s been deported three times was arrested and charged in Albuquerque last week with federal firearms violations after a drug bust in a Home Depot parking lot went south.
Juan Carlos Quezada-Lara, 31, was charged with being a drug addict in possession of a firearm, and being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico.
Quezada-Lara met with an undercover agent on June 19 to buy some methamphetamine. According to a criminal complaint, agents tried to arrest him after the purchase, but he threw his car into reverse, slamming into a parked car. Then he drove forward, striking and injuring an FBI task force officer with the vehicle before speeding away.
Witnesses told KOB-TV in Albuquerque that federal agents opened fire on Quezada-Lara’s vehicle as he fled the scene. “He’s just probably emptying his whole clip,” said Josh Chavez, who was in a car with his wife and three kids, just feet from the fleeing vehicle as the agent opened fire.
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