ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Video from three Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Workplace deputies exhibits the site visitors cease that may result in Solomon Peña’s arrest earlier this month. He is the one-time Republican State Consultant candidate accused of orchestrating shootings on the houses of 4 Democrats.
Round 1:30 am on January 3, BCSO Deputy Jonathan Skroch pulled over a driver for an expired registration. “Why do not you have got the brand new sticker in your registration?” the deputy requested. “Uh, um, this isn’t my automotive. I borrowed it,” Jose Trujillo responded.
Trujillo would later inform the deputy he borrowed the automotive from “considered one of his buddies,” Solomon Peña. When Trujillo could not find his driver’s license or the automotive’s registration, the deputy took his identify and birthday and walked again to his patrol automotive. Working Trujillo’s identify of him, the deputy discovered he had a warrant for his arrest of him.
“Jose, I am gonna have you ever step out actual fast and discuss to me, bro,” Deputy Skroch mentioned. He put Trujillo in handcuffs and defined he had an impressive arrest warrant as a result of he didn’t present up at a listening to in late 2022. Trujillo is accused in a separate case of stalking his ex-girlfriend.
Strolling Trujillo to his patrol automotive, Deputy Skroch factors out, “Did you see how your registration sticker shows a one, after which the remainder of it is coated, so I do know it expired earlier than 2020?” Trujillo mentioned he understood.
With Trujillo in custody, BCSO now wanted to tow the automotive he was borrowing from Peña. However earlier than they will, the deputy repeatedly requested Trujillo if he needed something out of it. He mentioned no. So, the three deputies took stock.
And, Deputy Skroch’s response made it clear they had been stunned by what they discovered. “Oh s**t,” he mentioned whereas taking a bag of fentanyl capsules out of the automotive. In whole, he and the opposite deputies discovered 893 fentanyl capsules, tons of of small baggies, $3,036 in money wadded up in numerous elements of the car, ammunition, and two firearms—an AR-15 and a glock outfitted with a drum journal.
Deputy Skroch walked again to his patrol automotive to speak to Trujillo about their discovery and it was clear he knew what the deputies discovered.
Trujillo: I didn’t condone any search. I didn’t…
Deputy: Your car was looked for stock, so…
Trujillo: No, I didn’t condone that. I mentioned no you can’t. I mentioned you can tow it. I didn’t say you can do stock on it.
Deputy: I actually should.
Deputy Skroch defined he came visiting to inform Trujillo he was underneath arrest on extra expenses, “You are out right here in these streets dealing dope. So that you’re underneath arrest for trafficking of a managed substance. OK?”
The deputy drove Trujillo to the substation and positioned him in a cell for practically two hours, whereas he dealt with paperwork. Then, he transferred Trujillo to MDC. Throughout that drive, this dialog occurred:
Trujillo: How do you want town?
Deputy: Albuquerque? Dude, I actually like New Mexico. I simply assume the entire liberal politics are beginning to get in the way in which of progress right here.
Trujillo: What do you concentrate on these elections? You assume they’re rigged?
Trujillo: All of ’em, huh?
Trujillo: Do you actually assume they overthrew Trump?
Deputy: I am undecided, dude.
Once they reached MDC, Trujillo requested if he was being charged for the firearms they present in his trunk. Deputy Skroch responded, “What would you get charged with the firearms? I did not see something unsuitable with any of the firearms.”
However, testing a kind of confiscated weapons would create an enormous lead in Albuquerque Police’s investigation into the taking pictures at 4 politicians’ houses. Casings picked up outdoors State Senator Linda Lopez’s home matched one’s check fired from the Glock.
It seems Solomon Peña’s failure to correctly register his automotive led police to him.
APD believes Trujillo was considered one of 4 shooters concerned in Peña’s plot. He had been federally charged for drug dealing and making a machine gun with an prolonged drum. Sources instructed police Peña was within the automotive with Trujillo simply 40 minutes earlier than that site visitors cease after they went collectively to shoot at State Senator Lopez’s dwelling.