- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2003

MCALLEN, Texas, Feb. 6 (UPI) — Police Thursday sought the killer of a former leader in Mexico's war on drugs who was shot and killed outside his lawyer's office.

Guillermo Gonzalez Calderoni, 54, was shot in the head about 11 a.m. Wednesday as he sat in his car outside a law office in McAllen, police said.

"We have not established any suspects in the case at this point," said Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.

A Mexican business associate of Gonzalez was in the car with him but was not injured. He did not provide any helpful information, according to police.

Gonzalez had just left the law office but there was no immediate information on the purpose of his visit.

There was also no indication if Gonzalez's past was behind the slaying.

Gonzalez was once a powerful Mexican federal police commander but in 1993 he was accused of corruption. He fled to McAllen, a small town in Texas's Rio Grande Valley about 20 miles from the Mexican border.

After his slaying, veteran law officers in the valley told the Houston Chronicle that Gonzalez had recently offered to return to Mexico and provide the government with the names of corrupt officials.

"He's been on television a couple of times, saying that if the Mexican government were to call him back he would give information, name names," one agent told the Houston Chronicle.

Gonzalez was being considered as a possible witness in a drug conspiracy case, the Chronicle reported.

Gonzalez was known as one of Mexico's toughest law enforcement officials, hunting down some of the country's most notorious drug traffickers, including Miguel Angel Feliz Gallardo.

In 1993, Mexican Attorney General Jorge Carpizo fired Gonzalez, accusing him of corruption. Gonzalez had aquired ranches, homes and vehicles without properly according, Carpizo said.

Gonzalez then fled to McAllen. Mexico attempted to extradite him but a U.S. magistrate turned down the request in 1995.

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