Mexican Drug Lord Wanted in Texas Murder Makes FBI’s Top 10 List

Breitbart News reported that a Mexican drug kingpin suspected of ordering a hit on a man in Southlake, Texas was recently added to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives list. Federal law enforcement is now offering a reward of up to a $1 million for inform that could potentially lead to the arrest of Jose Rodolfo Villarreal Hernandez. Villareal Hernandez is still active in Mexico and has allegedly ordered executions in the Mexican state of Nuevo León.

Villarreal Hernandez is known as “El Gato”  (The Cat)  is wanted for the 2013 murder of Jesus Guerrero Chapa, an attorney for the Gulf Cartel who later flipped and became an informant. At the time of his murder in 2013, Guerrero Chapa was living in Southlake, a suburb of Dallas. Cartel gunmen were conducting a surveillance operation and ended up murdering Guerrero Chapa.

This murder did not happen out of the blue, Villarreal Hernandez had personal beef with Guerrero Chapa. The drug kingpin blamed Guerrero Chapa for his father’s murder. Although federal authorities arrested and convicted three men that were involved in this case, El Gato is still on the loose.

Ildefonso Ortiz provided some more background to Villarreal Hernandez’s rise as a drug lord:

In 2018, Breitbart Texas published the first known image of El Gato. Once a top commander with Beltran Leyva Cartel, El Gato branched off and established his own organization in the ritzy suburb of San Pedro in the Monterrey metropolitan area. During his exit, Villarreal managed to kill several old associates and bosses to gain operational independence. In addition to drug trafficking, El Gato also oversees money laundering ventures and extortion rackets.

Mexico’s institutions are falling apart, as evidenced by the rise of drug cartels and their ability to effectively fill in the power vacuum. This is why Donald Trump was elected. Getting America’s border secured is not a matter of symbolism, but rather an exercise of political realism that recognize Mexico is institutionally on the ropes. And as a result, America must secure itself in order to prevent Mexico’s instability from spreading into the U.S.

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