Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Slain Texas Atty of Osiel Cárdenas was warned he was being hunted

Lucio R. Borderland Beat from Dallas Morning News 


A Mexican drug cartel lawyer who was slain by a masked assassin in Southlake Town Square in 2013 was warned prior to the hit that he was in danger, court records said.

Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa received phone calls from “others” warning him that he was being stalked and that he “needed to be on his guard,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua T. Burgess said in court documents filed Monday.

The documents didn’t say when the calls were made.

Burgess is asking a judge to allow the information about Guerrero Chapa’s fear for his life to be admitted as evidence in the upcoming trial of three men accused of tracking and stalking him.

Guerrero Chapa, 43, was killed shortly before 7 p.m. on May 22, 2013, at the suburban shopping center. A white Toyota Sequoia pulled up behind his Range Rover and a masked gunman stepped out.

The gunman walked to the passenger side where Guerrero Chapa was sitting and shot him multiple times with a 9 mm pistol. His wife, who was loading shopping bags into the vehicle, was not hurt.

The plot to kill Guerrero Chapa began as early as March 2011, shortly before he closed on a $1.2 million house in Southlake, according to the new court filings.

Guerrero Chapa, personal lawyer to Gulf cartel boss Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, was an informant for U.S. law enforcement authorities. Cárdenas is serving a 25-year sentence in a U.S. prison.

Guerrero Chapa received calls from “others to warn him that he was in danger because he had been found by people who wanted to kill him,” Burgess said in the documents.

“Immediately after hanging up the phone, he informed his wife he was scared,” the filing said. “He also told her he didn’t want to go back to the house.”

Guerrero Chapa told his wife that the people looking for him knew where they lived. “He instructed her to stop using the cellphones they had,” the court filing said. Guerrero Chapa used four cellphones at the time.

The defendants, three Mexican men, are scheduled to go to trial April 25 in Fort Worth.

Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, and his son, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Campano Jr., 32, were arrested in September 2014 near McAllen while trying to cross into the U.S., officials said. They were former police officers in the same suburb of Monterrey, Mexico, where Guerrero Chapa and his family were from.

Ledezma-Cepeda’s cousin, Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes, 59, a legal U.S. resident with a green card, was arrested at his Edinburg home.

They were charged with interstate stalking resulting in death and conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

Three others are charged in sealed indictments because they remain fugitives. It’s unclear what role they are believed to have played in the murder.

The killers have not been publicly identified or charged.

Another person, who is connected to drug traffickers, tried to get Guerrero Chapa deported to Mexico so he could be killed there, Burgess said in another court filing.

Luis Lauro Ramirez-Bautista was involved in the search for Guerrero Chapa and helped finance the effort, the prosecutor said.

Between November 2012 and January 2013, a drug dealer for Ramirez-Bautista met with Ledezma-Cepeda four times and gave him a total of $38,000, Burgess said.

When he was stopped at the Mexico-U.S. border in March 2011, Ramirez-Bautista told a U.S. border agent that he was looking for Guerrero Chapa.

“He had photos of [Guerrero] Chapa’s house, and he told HSI [Homeland Security Investigations] that [Guerrero] Chapa was a drug dealer,” Burgess said in the court filing. “And he told authorities that [Guerrero] Chapa should be deported to Mexico.”

Those statements were designed to “enlist the assistance of the government in returning Chapa to Mexico so that Ramirez-Bautista and others could kill him,” Burgess said.

The murder of Guerrero Chapa was a sophisticated covert operation run by assassins who used surveillance cameras and tracking devices to stalk their victim.

The suspects made several trips across the border to North Texas to stalk Guerrero Chapa while they lived in a rented Grapevine apartment, authorities said. They used at least eight rented and purchased cars. A camera set up in his neighborhood captured Guerrero Chapa driving his Range Rover, which also had a tracking device attached underneath. And cameras were also aimed at the victim’s home, officials said.

Ledezma-Cepeda and his son, Ledezma-Campano, had three surveillance tracking devices in their 2012 Volkswagen Jetta when they were arrested trying to re-enter the U.S. in 2014, court records show.

Government authorities have linked the defendants to at least nine other men who were murdered or vanished in Mexico from 2011 to 2014. Some of the murdered men had tracking devices placed on their vehicles by the defendants, prosecutors said in court filings. Others were named in the defendants’ emails, records show.

Most recently, Moises Tijerina De La Garza was shot to death in Monterrey, Mexico, on Feb. 23, court documents said.

His contact information had been found in Ledezma-Cepeda’s emails, records show. De La Garza was Guerrero Chapa’s brother-in-law, 

The defense plans to call nearly 60 witnesses, including federal agents who can testify about Guerrero Chapa’s “illegal activities” while he was a U.S. informant, court records show.


Some defense witnesses will testify about how Guerrero Chapa’s family was kidnapped and later released based on an agreement with “Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

42 comments:

  1. you defend and represent scum you pay the piper too

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  2. The "safe" confines of the US is not enough to save a rat. If you are apart of the drug life be about that life until you die. Don't have a change of heart when shit gets hot and snitch.

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    1. ... Especially When Your Trying To Play Both Sides ... Private Investigators Are Not Expensive To Hire So That They May Locate Someone ... As For The GPS Tracking Unit On His Vehicle, He Probably Should Have Used Some Of His $ For A Good GPS Jammer Along With A Scanner Before Dropping Over 1 Million Dollars On A House ...

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    2. Boys will be boys, snitch, don't snitch, somebody will get cogido somehow, if you cooperate or not, somebody else will, because the puppetasters will not be denied, they got the $$$ to make you dance butt naked the 7 veils dance upon demand in this "global oriented economy"...

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  3. There tactics are what the cartels do here in the u.s tracking devices, surveillance, they talk to people who know you and offer them money to set you up. Even if your innocent there real pieces of shit who deserve to burn in hell

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  4. There is no such thing as a half way crook,

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  5. That's right mayos and chapos!

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  6. there is no safe heaven, no where to run. Better to be poor and alive ...

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    1. 12:23 you are free to chose to be poor, but when I come for MY MONEY you better have it ready, pinchi huevon...
      --the choices is not "plata o plomo, or poor", pendejo...

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    2. AGREE 12:23 AM, YO DUERMO LAS NOZHEZ MAZ TRANKILAZ KEL CHAPO🗽

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  7. How does Osiel feel about that??

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    1. Broken hearted..... He hasn't been the same, trust me, i know.

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    2. 6:11 we need go fund to buy Osiel una Rosa de Guadalupe, it works!!!
      --I see it everyday cooking its miracles and without no papa ni carrots, or any help from Rachel Ray...

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  8. Damn that man osiel can touch you if he really wants even behind supermax now thats how bosses get things done.so when does he get out?

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    1. 5:22 I don't think osiel needed anymore trouble.
      --Pablo Escobar was trafficking contraband appliances, tv's, refrigerators, electronics, paid to him for the "tombstones" he trafficked to the US when he started his colombian career.
      --mexican wiseguys, also imported illegal electronics and appliances into mexico before it was fashionable to be drug trafficking cart narco-bosses, like the ELECTRA, of the Salinas family, of the "el hombre de Agualeguas, Nuevo Lion" Carlos Salinas De Gortari... isn't it funny how much crime and criminals nuevo leon exports?

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    2. Here in Tamps., elections in July. PRI always wins, why the people still elect the PRI? give the PAN a chance

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  9. What's the point of having money if you can't enjoy it when you're dead?

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    1. Tell me who u walk with and I will tell u who u are

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    2. El Sol Perdido?

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  10. Lawyers and politicians are the biggest crooks!! Haa

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  11. Didn't he steal some commercial properties after Osiel's capture that Osiel had put in his name ???

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    1. Ooops, we need to know more, and this may get Osiel a new trial because of the excrementicious rationships of his lawyer with his prostiturers, unless the government makes osiel chill with threats of one more hundred years...tá cabrón..

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  12. El gordo cherry who was fighting for the matamoros plaza got killed along with the true plaza boss Elizabeth comandante gama10. The matamoros cdg is got a new boss.also it's all over the internet that crooked cops that work for cdg confirmed that the matamoros faction took cleaned cd Victoria up killing zetas and eve cds off.also they mentioned more plazas that were being taken over.

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    1. What a gosh darn minute. Isn't the CDG faction of Matamoros Los Metros? And isn't the Los Metros alligned with the Old School Zetas? If what I am saying is correct why would Los Metros take out the Zetas in Victoria? Unless you mean CDG took out CDN then that would make more sense. I am shocked that there is even any CDS cells left in Matamoros. Smells like poop if you ask me.

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  13. These guys are good, they get their target, Who would of thought Mexico war would go on 7 years. And is the new norm for mexico. Went to get a car permit for my car They wanted $460.00. What a joke. I guess Mexico does not want American tourist

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    1. I think it's refundable when you bring your car back over the border but what if it gets stolen?

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    2. 3:11 mexican GOVERNMENT wants turistas pendejos con dinero, the mexican people can manage without it and will, somehow...

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  14. Kinda Funny, Mexican Federal Police stops this poor farmer in Tamps. He wants $500 pesos. He says if I had it I would give to u, but I have been robed by u guys and everybody else.I only have $200, so rather give u this old truck and walk home. At least I can by beans and flour for my kids. True story. The good fed let him go. The fed is from DF, go back they have money. Here Tamps. we don't

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    1. The federal police in trampaulipas have not been paid since the start of 2015, and you people don't want to volunteer?
      MOCHENSEN, POR LA GÜENA O LOS MOCHAN POR LA MALA...

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  15. I love Mexico, but can't go

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  16. Doing that hit in southlake got them caught it's like doing a hit in Beverly Hills. Them rich people don't want that happening in their backyard and thus puts pressure on getting this murder solved.I'm not a hitman but that's common sense.

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  17. That's right us here in Southlake enjoy our Coca and moving tons let's us buy our kids the beamers and benz but don't come up shooting in our neighborhood
    Cause we got friends in high places

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  18. They plan this hit out all like profesionals , nice cars, technology, tracking devices,
    but the then go fucking it up by shooting him in broad day light in a busy area with alot of witnesses? Just defeats the porpuse. What a bunch of pendejos

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  19. He either did a good job in representing Cardenas Guillen or did a lousy job. Dam if you do and damn if you don't, either way somebody is not going to like it.

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  20. There is word that R1 is returning to tamps and some metros are upset because it seems like toro is allowing him back. Not to many comanders left from the old cdg. Hopefully everything gets better.

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  21. A 9 to 5 is better than 15 to life....anyday.

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