EXCLUSIVE: DEA Most Wanted Fugitive Killed in Mexican Border State

Nuevo Leon Police
Breitbart Texas / Cartel Chronicles

A lone gunman in the Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon shot and killed a dangerous drug lord listed as one of the Most Wanted fugitives by the DEA.

Known in the underworld as “El Chilo,” Isidro Leal Gonzalez ran a large-scale drug operation that moved cocaine and other drugs from the Texas border to Houston and other areas, U.S. court records revealed. Since barely avoiding capture in Texas in 2007, Leal went on the run and moved back to the Monterrey metropolitan area where he kept a low profile and operated a construction company.

From the initial indictment in 2007, El Chilo was the only defendant who managed to avoid capture. The rest of the defendants including his brother, Jaime “El Jimmy” Leal Gonzalez, were eventually convicted and spent several years in a U.S. prison.

The murder took place over the weekend at a construction supply store called Interceramic in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, law enforcement sources revealed to Breitbart Texas. Leal Gonzalez was making his way to the cash registers when a lone gunman called out to him by name. When the victim responded, the gunman killed him almost instantly.

After the murder, the gunman ran out of the store toward a Ford pickup, where two associates were waiting. By the time authorities responded to the scene, the gunmen had escaped.

Information about the crime is closely guarded by authorities in Nuevo Leon with few details about the murder making local news. Breitbart Texas consulted with U.S. law enforcement sources operating in Mexico who confirmed Leal Gonzalez was the victim.

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 Iortiz@breitbart.com

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 bdarby@breitbart.com.     

Gerald “Tony” Aranda is an international journalist with more than 20 years of experience working in high-risk areas for print and broadcast news outlets investigating organized crime, corruption, and drug trafficking in the U.S. and Mexico.  In 2016, Gerald took up the pseudonym of “Tony” when he joined Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project. Since then, he has come out of the shadows and become a contributing writer for Breitbart Texas.

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