Crossdressing Mexican Cartel Leader Rescued from Custody — Officials Deny Incident

Camaleon Rescue
Breitbart Texas / Cartel Chronicles

Mexican officials are denying that teams of cartel gunmen rescued a captured drug lord in coastal Michoacán who has a reputation for crossdressing. The incident follows the federal government’s released of a son of “El Chapo” after his cartel overpowered the military in Sinaloa.

The case began on Friday afternoon in Santa Clara del Cobre when dozens of gunmen torched vehicles and blocked roads to pressure officials to release Angel “El Camaleon” Chavez Ponce. Law enforcement sources told Breitbart Texas that Chavez Ponce earned his nickname for a penchant to crossdress. He is also responsible for a rash of kidnappings and murders in the vicinity.

This week, Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles Conejo and his state police chief, Israel Patron Reyes, claimed there was no operation to capture El Camaleon. Instead, the raid recovered a stolen tractor-trailer moving a shipment of solar panels near Aro de Rosales.

The Michoacán government’s denial comes days after the Sinaloa Cartel overpowered military and police forces in Culiacan, leaving federal top cop Alfonso Durazo to release Ovidio “El Raton” Guzman.

Despite the fresh denial, authorities previously arrested El Camaleon in January, however, state officials released him and some associates shortly thereafter under suspicious circumstances. Later, El Camaleon recorded himself murdering a man by tying him to a tree and shooting repeatedly. For that murder, El Camaleon and his cell from La Familia Michoacana kidnapped Hugo Figueroa, a cattle rancher and entertainment businessman who hosted a local bull riding event. Figueroa was the nephew of the late musician Joan Sebastian.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at     

Jose Luis Lara, a founding member of the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacan and a member of Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles contributed to this report. 


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