Beltran Leyva drug lord and one of FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives captured in Mexico

By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.

FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Jose Rodolfo “El Gato” Villarreal-Hernandez was arrested Saturday, January 7, 2023, by Mexican authorities. In 2018, he was charged with stalking and orchestrating the murder-for-hire of a 43-year-old male victim on May 22, 2013, in Southlake, Texas. Allegedly because he had a personal grudge against the man.

The investigation, led by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, revealed the victim was stalked by a group of individuals beginning in March 2011. The 43-year-old victim of the Texas murder was shot while sitting in the passenger seat of his vehicle outside an upscale shopping center in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb on May 22, 2013.

His wife was standing near the driver’s side door when her husband was killed. And the brazen ambush occurred in the early evening hours, while the center was full of shoppers.

The investigation determined the hit squad was working at the direction of Villarreal-Hernandez who allegedly holds an active leadership position in the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

Villarreal-Hernandez was named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List in October 2020 with the goal that increased publicity would lead to his capture. He was arrested on January 7, 2023, in Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mexico by SEMAR (Secretaría de Marina) and agents from the Agencia de Investigación Criminal (Criminal Investigative Agency) of the Fiscalía General de la República (FGR) with support from the Coordinación Nacional Antisecuestro (CONASE).

"His arrest is the next step in achieving justice for the victim’s family as well as the citizens of Southlake who were shocked by the brutal murder that occurred in their city,” FBI Dallas Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) James Dwyer noted.

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