UNITED STATES. The ex-leader of one of the largest cartels in Colombia is now dead

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (ex-drug lord) has died at the age of 83, according to his lawyer.

UNITED STATES. The ex-leader of one of the largest cartels in Colombia is now dead

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (ex-drug lord) has died at the age of 83, according to his lawyer.

His attorney David Oscar Markus wrote in an email, "We mourn Gilberto’s death last night", but did not give any details about the cause of death.

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela was a powerful Cali cartel leader in Colombia. He was 78 years old and is currently incarcerated in a US prison. USA.

Pablo Escobar's rival Medellin cartel organization took control of the white powder market in 1993 after the charismatic "king" of cocaine was killed by police.

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in Colombia in 1995, was released seven years later. He was again arrested in 2003 and held in Colombia until his extradition to America in December 2004.

For importing 200 tonnes of cocaine into the United States, he was sentenced to 30 years each. With the Netflix series Narcos (which featured Pablo Escobar as their rival), the brothers achieved global fame.

The US authorities claim that the Cali Cartel was responsible for up to 80% cocaine trafficking to the United States during its peak. It was deposed in the middle of the 1990s.

Gilberto and his brother had made a name for themselves among the political and economic elites of Colombia. Cali Cartel brothers preferred to bribes, unlike Pablo Escobar who offered a reward of a policeman killed.

America de Cali was the football team with the most victories. It also included horse-breeding and beauty contests.

"The chess player", a man from a humble family who started his life as a home-delivery man on his bicycle, became seriously ill in his last years. He was diagnosed with colon and prostate cancer. He also had a cerebral hemorhage. His family tried to make several appeals in vain so that the drug dealer could spend his final days in Colombia.

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