DNAinfo believes that the shocking Manhattan assassination of Los Angeles law student Brandon Woodard was the result of a cocaine deal gone horribly wrong. Law enforcement officials say that the murderers belong to a Queens gang that paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to have a large cocaine shipment sent from Mexico, courtesy of an L.A. gang.

When the drugs failed to arrive, the gang lured Woodard—who was reportedly the middleman—to midtown Manhattan and killed him in broad daylight. The gunman is still at large, and the case has now gone beyond a simple murder investigation:

"It is really not a homicide investigation," one source said. "It has become a major narcotics case involving a big operation and substantial money, perhaps millions of dollars."

The DEA is providing intelligence and resources to the NYPD about drug trafficking here and on the West Coast, and into possible connection reaching to drug distributors out of the nation of Jamaica, sources said.

A week after identifying the driver's vehicle, the NYPD is close to identifying the shooter. 

[via Gawker]