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Grandma Rose Ann Santistevan Files Suit After Flash Grenade Explosion, SWAT Raid, Trigger Heart Attack

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So far as covert anti-drug operation names go, "Operation Jeez Luis" is pretty good. Not just because it resulted in the arrests of 16 meth-trafficking individuals (including the eponymous boss 'Luis' Vega), but also because, in hindsight, much of the operation's aftermath makes you smack your head with your hand and loudly exclaim "JEEZ LUIS!"

The first of these incidents occurred in 2009 when Robert Rodarte, an FBI mole paid to infiltrate and spy on the drug dealers, met with his FBI handlers. Immediately after the meeting, Rodarte went to the home of the FBI's chief investigative target and, as 7News reports, "sprayed [it] with bullets." The "ticking time bomb" nearly killed two bystanders in the process, including a 4-year-old boy. Rodarte was given the boot for his actions, but triggered a lawsuit still working its way through the Denver court system.

Another kerfuffle came after a judicial mix-up inappropriately gave investigators permission to eavesdrop for evidence with illegal wiretaps. The set-back, termed a "suppression of vital evidence" by KKTV, led to significant information for the prosecution's case being discarded.

The ultimate in Jeez Luis moments, however, came in October 2009 when SWAT members stormed 71-year-old Rose Santistevan's house in Colorado Springs. The grandmother had a heart attack after a flash-bang grenade exploded in the house, followed immediately by agents with guns drawn. Santistevan had to be rushed to the hospital after the incident, where she spent several days recovering. According to the Gazette, authorities recovered no drugs from her home.

Santistevan filed suit Tuesday. Westword reports she is seeking to recover medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering.

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