Among the unsolved local killings is the death of Pedro Cardenas Guillen, 36, whose last name is considered trafficking royalty. He was shot in the head and left in a ditch off Madden Road, near Fort Bend County.
His uncle is Osiel Cardenas Guillen, reputed head of the powerful Gulf Cartel. He was extradited from Mexico and awaits trial in Houston on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and threatening to kill federal agents.
While it's comforting to think of drug cartel murders as something that happen on the other side of the Rio Grande, these stories put the lie to that myth. As I wrote last month, "maybe we shouldn't think of transnational smuggling gangs as 'Mexican' cartels" when those exercising "command and control" and many of their hired gunmen live on the US side of the border.