Pueblo police officer accused of reenacting car search for body camera

The Pueblo Chieftain: A felony drug and weapon possession case was dismissed in court last week at the request of the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office after it was discovered that a Pueblo police officer reportedly reenacted body camera footage of a search of the defendant’s car after the initial search of the vehicle had already been conducted.

The case involved Joseph Cajar, 36, who was facing charges of possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and special offender; all felony charges.

Cajar was pulled over in his car in November 2016.

According to a police report, he could not provide his current registration or insurance, so his car was towed.

During a search of the car at a tow yard, a scale with residual traces of suspected heroin on it that police had seen in the passenger seat at the time Cajar’s car was stopped was located.

Other items reportedly recovered from the vehicle included 6.8 grams of suspected heroin, a Ruger .357 Magnum firearm, a pill bottle containing amphetamine residue and $43 — all in $1 bills.

A preliminary hearing in the case was held March 22, during which Officer Seth Jensen was cross-examined.

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