May 24, 2013

The Cartel Comes to Town

Wednesday evening, in broad daylight, a Mexican drug cartel executed a hit on a lawyer in the parking lot of a busy shopping center, in Southlake, Texas, some 420 miles from the nearest border point.

Southlake is no slum, it is an upscale suburban area near DFW airport.  The shooting location is/was one of the most popular places in the area, Southlake Town Square, a pedestrian oriented outdoor shopping area.  I can't tell you how many times I have dropped off a kid for movie and food with friends.  I have a shopping bag in my car with some items that need to be returned to a store there.  In the center of the shopping area is the Town Hall and Library.  But, even considering the very intentional nature of the murder, the sense of safety is shattered.
Guerrero-Chapa was shot dead at 6:47 p.m. in a parking spot in the 100 block of Grand Ave. at the Town Square, a popular outdoor shopping mall. He arrived with his wife about 45 minutes prior to shop. And as Guerrero-Chapa's wife loaded bags into their SUV, another newer model white SUV pulled in behind it. 
Mylett said a man wearing a piece of cloth over his face exited the passenger side of the vehicle and immediately fired a barrage of shots into the car. Guerrero-Chapa was hit multiple times. He died Wednesday evening at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. The suspects were gone within seconds, last seen driving westbound on FM 1709.
Today, word started to trickle out, that it was definitely a hit, or as the police said, "a targeted affair conducted by professional killers".  Then the FBI and DEA came to town.  And then, some people got smart, and used their bilingual skill to add the missing pieces to the story.  Mexican newspapers were reporting more detail:
 Mexican journalists have reported that Guerrero-Chapa represented high profile members of the brutal Gulf Cartel, including one man who was once its leader.  

Mexican newspaper La Jornada reported that Guerrero Chapa in 2002 represented Osiel Cardenas Guillen, a federal drug trafficker and former leader of the violent Gulf Cartel. Cardenas, who was known as the 'Friend Killer' and 'El Loco', is currently serving a 25 year sentence for drug dealing, money laundering and the attempted murder of federal agents related to a standoff in 1999.
Guerrero Chapa's former client oversaw a criminal outfit that flooded the United States with tons of cocaine and sparked a bloody conflict that has claimed nearly 50,000 lives in his home country. 
Jose Reyez, a reporter with the Mexican investigative magazine Contralinea, also cites Guerrero Chapa as a defense lawyer for members of Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel prior to their acrimonious, bloody split in 2010. 
 Man, this is getting scary.  Sadly, you kind of expect this sort of thing in border towns, but north Texas?


CenTexTim said...

The cartels have been moving into the state for a while. Most of the violence is in poorer neighborhoods and reported as gang violence or drug deals gone bad, but we're also seeing more sophisticated operations.

Here's one example close to you.

A recent statewide DPS threat assessment also documents the cartel influence throughout the state.

Titan Mk6B said...

Interesting. I have a camping spot reserved for the first week in June at Grapevine Lake. This is not something that would make me cancel it's just that I did not expect an event like this to happen there.