Gaff was the chief buttonman and emissary in the Juárez Cartel's New Mexico territory. By the time of his appearance, he was recently promoted by the Dons of the cartel, replacing Tuco Salamanca's role of informing the cartel about the activity across the border. Roughly counterpoint to Mike Ehrmantraut in the dust-up between Gustavo Fring and the cartel, he is both scary and savvy, demonstrating shocking efficiency and military-grade training.
A pair of murderous Juárez hijackers sent by the Cartel target a vulnerable Los Pollos Hermanos refrigerated truck known to contain shipments of Gus' blue meth, which are concealed in zesty chicken batter. The hijack becomes unsuccessful when Mike, who was well prepared and hiding behind cover inside the truck, dispatches both hijackers with 3 (three) shots ("Bullet Points"). The cartel sends another similar attack, but for good measure, Gaff is sent along with the hijackers. Not wanting to make a mistake twice, he and two goons attack another refrigerated truck with a ruthless new tactic. Gaff and his goons jackroll the truck, and Gaff murders the driver. Locking the back door of the truck to prevent any escape, with precision the trio break out a hose to funnel the trucks' own exhaust back to the refrigerator units' intake and floor the accelerator to asphyxiate Gus's unprepared security detail trapped inside. Gaff planned to have the right size hose with them. Gaff shares the murdered driver's lunch in safety with his crew while the deathtrap he's engineered goes to work ("Cornered").
After the reveal of Gaff's attack, Gus and the Cartel arrange for a business negotiation at one of Gus' warehouses. While Gus expects many members of the Cartel, Gaff and two goons from the Cartel arrive and Gaff is the sole representative, the guy delivering a repeat ultimatum to Gus. Gus does not accept or decline. Sin negocios, Gaff plans to murder more of Gus' men ("Problem Dog").
Gaff sets a camp on a hill nearby Gus' warehouse and begins to snipe at Mike and his operatives from over 1000 (one thousand) yards. His first shot explodes a man's head right in front of Jesse Pinkman. He continues to terrorize Gus's crew with more fire until Gus himself comes out into the open. Gaff fires some shots at Gus' path in order to intimidate him. Gus walks right at him and, for his huevos, gives Gaff no satisfaction. Gaff ends the attack and leaves ("Bug").
Gus Fring finally accepts the Cartel's ultimatum and he, Mike, and Jesse are flown to somewhere about 7 (seven) miles into Mexico to cook the signature blue meth for the cartel. After Jesse successfully cooks a batch better than even Gale Boetticher all on his own, Gaff celebrates the renewed business relations by offering up that Jesse "belongs to the cartel now." In the Mexican countryside, the Dons during their celebration about their new lab and their new cocinero that they scored by murdering and intimidation, the Juárez Cartel is simultaneously poisoned by Gus after they drink his preferred Zafiro Añejo tequila that Gus spiked. Very soon, as Don Eladio Vuente begins to stumble, Gaff notices something wrong, and moves in to aide Don Eladio, but is garroted by the ready Mike looming from behind ("Salud").
Murders committed by Gaff
- 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 once in the head with a sniper rifle. ("Bug")