Murdered Texas Lawyer Was Secretly Cartel Boss, Defense Says

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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Attorneys for the cartel killers that whacked a Texas-based Mexican lawyer are saying that the coke-sniffing counselor was actually a major cartel boss.

Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa – who was murdered in May 2013 – was the lawyer to leading Mexican drug lord Osiel Cardenas Guillen. Cardenas was the head of the Gulf Cartel, which is one of the most powerful organizations in Mexican drug trafficking.

Lawyers representing Guerrero Chapa’s alleged cartel killers are stating in a court filing that, “As head of the CDG [Gulf cartel], the deceased [Guerrero] Chapa ran a large criminal enterprise whose activities included murders, narcotics trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, bribery, money laundering and torture.” The defense attorneys claim that Guerrero Chapa ran the cartel as of 2003 when his client – the former head of the Gulf Cartel – was arrested, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Guerrero Chapa murderers, who work for the infamous Los Zetas cartel, stalked him for more than two years. Los Zetas are the former enforcers of the Gulf Cartel, but are now their bitter rivals.

The lawyer was gunned down in the parking lot of a shopping center in the wealthy Dallas-Fortworth suburb of Southlake, Texas. He was shot at point blank range, while his wife was putting bags into their Range Rover.

Shortly before his killers began following him around, Guerrero Chapa had just purchased a $1.25 million home in Southlake. Not long after moving in, Guerrero Chapa began receiving calls from people warning him that the cartel was looking to kill him and that they knew where he lived.

Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department – D.O.J. – submitted documents to a court in which they state that Guerrero Chapa feared for his life because of the phone calls he was getting about the cartel. Guerrero Chapa told his wife to steer clear of using the phone if she could so as to not deal with these sorts of calls.

Defense attorneys countered claims made by D.O.J. attorney about Guerrero living in fear by saying that the calls he was getting were not menacing but simply keeping in touch with cartel cronies. Lawyers for the Mexicans accused of killing Guerrero Chapa also noted that the deceased attorney was quite the coke user and had the drug in his system at the time of his death according to The Dallas Morning News

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