Mexico Arrests Drug Figure Linked to 2013 Southlake Murder
Mexican police have arrested the brother of a drug cartel leader in connection to a murder in Southlake five years ago, Mexican authorities announced Wednesday.
Ramon Villareal Hernandez, a reputed financial head of the Beltran Leyva cartel, is being held in Mexico City and could be extradited to North Texas, authorities said.
Villareal, also known as Ramon V., is the brother of Jose Rodolfo Villareal Hernandez, widely considered to be the regional head of the organization in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon.
The FBI linked the cartel to the murder of Juan Guerrero Chapa in the Southlake Town Square in May 2013.
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He was gunned down execution-style in broad daylight as he and his wife returned to their car after shopping. He was shot once in the chest and nine times in the back. His wife was not injured.
Three men were convicted in federal court in Fort Worth in 2016 of stalking Guerrero with high-tech surveillance equipment, including a GPS device they secretly placed on his car and remote-controlled cameras they hid near his Southlake estate, where he had been living with his wife and children. The actual gunman and getaway driver were believed to have fled to Mexico.
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Prosecutors in the men's trial claimed Jose Rodolfo Villareal Hernandez ordered Guerrero's murder and the government's star witness testified Villareal was protected by Mexico's president at the time.
Guerrero, who also was a U.S. government informant, had been the personal lawyer for Osiel Cardenas, the one-time head of the violent Gulf Cartel.
The defendants' attorneys claimed in the trial that Guerrero ran the cartel himself from his home in Southlake after Cardenas’s arrest.
The PGR, the Mexican equivilent of the FBI, announced Villareal's capture but gave few details. His alleged role in Guerrero's murder isn’t clear.
An FBI spokeswoman in Dallas declined comment on the case late Wednesday.
El Ramoncillo is Gato's brother or el Gatillo. I'm filling in the story you're talking about for some who may not have followed the trial:
El Gato blamed Guerrero Chapa for the death of his father, a low ranking cop called Madrina, after the father threatened to reveal that Osiel Cardenas was hiding out on Guerrero Chapa's ranch in Guanajuato if they didn't pay him off.
Osiel was hiding out there after the notorious incident in 1999 where he and his men surrounded an informant who was pointing out CDG locations in a vehicle with FBI and DEA agents in Matamoros.
Guerrero Chapa told Osiel and Madrina was never seen again and el Gato thought Guerrero Chapa knew where the grave was and wouldn't talk...... El Gato probably allied with people from the Zetas to eliminate Guerrero Chapa. The Zetas hated the lawyer for helping deliver $50 million in assets and cash to the US government as part of Osiel's deal to cooperate, leading to the Zetas/CDG war.
Witnesses also say Guerrero Chapa and Gato's families were both from China, Nuevo Leon and had a long standing blood feud since both were children that boiled over with the disappearance of Gato's father.