- "Once every 20 years you forget your place… there’s no place for emotion in this. You of all people should understand. Business is business."
- ―Don Eladio's humiliating advice to Gustavo Fring.
Don Eladio Vuente was the boss for the Ciudad Juárez Cartel, a Mexican drug cartel that employed Juan Bolsa, Hector Salamanca, and Salamanca's nephews. He first met Gustavo Fring in 1989 and was one of the few to know about Gus's mysterious Chilean background.
Twenty years prior to the events of the series, Don Eladio met with Gustavo Fring and his partner Maximino Arciniega attempted to propose a business deal wherein they would produce methamphetamine for the cartel, which Eladio would then distribute. Eladio graciously complimented them on their chicken recipe and the conversation was civil for a time.
However, Don Eladio was unimpressed by their pitch, and had Max executed by Hector Salamanca for manipulating him into a meeting. However, he spared Gus's life due to a currently unrevealed past in Chile. As Don Eladio and his men forced Gus to watch as the blood dripped into the pool, Hector warned him to keep his business restricted to chicken. ("Hermanos")
At some time in the ensuing few years, he entered into a partnership with Gus, who served as Don Eladio's chief distributor in the American Southwest.
Don Eladio is first mentioned when Walter White and Jesse Pinkman kidnap Saul Goodman, Saul initially begs for his life saying "I'm always a friend of the cartel's" and name drops 'Don Eladio'. ("Better Call Saul")
Don Eladio's cartel and Gus Fring's meth network suddenly clashed. The situation escalated as Don Eladio ordered his men to hijack several of Gus's Los Pollos Hermanos trucks, in which bags of meth were stored in certain fry batter tubs. ("Bullet Points")
Finally, Eladio sent Gaff to meet with Gus on the L. P. Factory Farm with an ultimatum: Give up the formula of the product Gus is selling, the pure "Blue Sky" meth. Gus at first rejected, but Gaff started to harass his business, including using a sniper to kill one of Gus's henchman and ultimately forcing him to accept the offer. ("Bug")
Gus, Mike Ehrmantraut, and Jesse flew to Mexico to have Jesse cook the signature blue meth for the Cartel's superlab, run by Benicio Fuentes. After Jesse successfully cooks a very pure batch on his own for the Cartel, Don Eladio brings them to his house and his capos celebrate at the same place Max Arciniega, Gus' former business partner, was killed. As a token of respect for the renewed business relationship, Gus brings Don Eladio a gift of incredibly fine tequila Zafiro Añejo, which the entire cartel drinks after Gus takes the first shot. It is actually poisoned; after Gus is escorted by Eladio's bodyguard Miguel to the bathroom, he forces himself to regurgitate the drink (he had already taken a capsule to prevent the major effects of the poison, once arriving at Don Eladio's place).
Outside by the pool, Don Eladio witnesses Benicio and at least nine capos/enforcers dropping dead, and he himself is suffering from the effects of the poison. Gaff is garroted by Mike as the butlers and girls start fleeing in panic. Gus steps over Miguel's corpse and stands before Don Eladio, who tries in vain to attack him but collapses face-first into the pool, dead. ("Salud")
A photo of Don Eladio is shown on the DEA evidence board mapping Gus's drug empire. On his card, the DEA wrote that he had a "suspected connection to Fring operation, possibly related to recent violence in New Mexico."
Murders connected to Eladio
- Max Arciniega: Shot once in the head by Hector Salaamanca. ("Hermanos")
- Los Pollos driver #1: Shot to death by two unnamed assassins. ("Bullet Points")
- Los Pollos driver #2: Shot to death by Gaff and two unnamed assassins. ("Cornered")
- Two Los Pollos guards: Suffocated by exhaust by Gaff and two unnamed assassins. ("Cornered")
- Unnamed henchman: Shot with a sniper rifle by Gaff. ("Bug")
- "The only reason you are alive and he is not...is because I know who you are."
- ―Don Eladio to Gus Fring.
- Don Eladio is played by Steven Bauer who is well known for playing Manny Ribera in Scarface.
- This appearance of the actor effectively becomes an actor paradox when Walt and Walter Jr. watch Scarface in the episode "Hazard Pay". Even though, Bauer's character, Manny, is not shown on screen.