Former Colombian leader of the Cali cartel dies in a prison in the United States

Former Colombian leader of the Cali cartel dies in a prison in the United States


Former drug baron Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, who has long been considered one of the world’s biggest drug traffickers after Pablo Escobar’s death, has died at the age of 83 in a US prison, his lawyer has confirmed Wednesday, June 1 at AFP.

«We mourn Gilberto’s death last nightHis lawyer David Oscar Markus said in an email that did not specify the cause of death. Until his capture in 1995, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, nicknamed “the Chess PlayerLed the powerful Cali cartel in Colombia with his brother Miguel, 78, also incarcerated in a US prison.

This rival organization of the Medellin cartel, led by Pablo Escobar, seized the white powder market after the death of the charismatic “king of cocaineShot dead by local police in 1993.

Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Colombia in 1995 after being sentenced to seven years in prison. Arrested again in 2003, he was imprisoned in Colombia until his extradition to the United States in December 2004. He and his brother were sentenced to 30 years in prison each for importing 200 tons of cocaine into the United States. According to US authorities, the Cali cartel controlled up to 80% of cocaine trafficking to the United States at its peak. It was dismantled in the mid-1990s.

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