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November 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
A former drug kingpin was freed late Thursday night after serving only half his sentence, despite a U.S. effort to find evidence to support further charges -- and possibly his extradition to the United States. Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who with his brother Miguel once controlled the Cali drug cartel, an empire that moved multi-ton shipments of cocaine across the globe, walked out of prison shortly after 10 p.m.
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December 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
The former leader of the Cali drug cartel was put on a plane bound for Miami late Friday, becoming the most powerful Colombian trafficker extradited to the United States. Helmeted police armed with assault rifles escorted the handcuffed Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 65, to the U.S. plane at a military airfield on the edge of Bogota, the Colombian capital.
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WORLD
March 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The former head of one of Colombia's most powerful drug cartels was arrested on new drug-trafficking charges, only four months after he was released from prison, authorities said. Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who along with his brother Miguel ran the Cali drug cartel in the mid-1990s, was arrested in his hometown of Cali, according to the attorney general's office. Details of Rodriguez Orejuela's arrest or the specific charges were not immediately available.
WORLD
March 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The former head of one of Colombia's most powerful drug cartels was arrested on new drug-trafficking charges, only four months after he was released from prison, authorities said. Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who along with his brother Miguel ran the Cali drug cartel in the mid-1990s, was arrested in his hometown of Cali, according to the attorney general's office. Details of Rodriguez Orejuela's arrest or the specific charges were not immediately available.
NEWS
June 10, 1995 | STEVEN AMBRUS and KENNETH FREED, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, reputed head of the multibillion-dollar Cali drug cartel and one of the world's most-wanted men, was captured Friday by a special Colombian anti-narcotics police squad. Rodriguez, a 56-year-old former bank president, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. when police raided a luxury apartment in the swank Santa Monica neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Cali, about 170 miles southwest of the capital, Bogota. Colombian and U.S.
NEWS
June 24, 1991 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years ago, an ambitious but low-key Cali businessman named Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela was acquitted here on drug smuggling charges and faded into obscurity, eclipsed by the ruthless cocaine lords terrorizing Colombia from the city of Medellin. Then, as the government waged an all-out war against the Medellin Cartel and brought down its leaders one by one, Rodriguez and his associates quietly perfected what the U.S.
NEWS
October 15, 1991 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Welcome," says the guttural, metallic voice, sounding more like a 21st-Century cyborg than a 20th-Century Colombian judge whose life is threatened by his country's drug barons. The judge sits in an adjoining room, invisible behind a two-way mirror. The eerie voice passes through an electronic distorter before beaming from two speakers in a small cubicle in Cali's justice palace. "Of course I am afraid," it admits.
WORLD
December 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
The former leader of the Cali drug cartel was put on a plane bound for Miami late Friday, becoming the most powerful Colombian trafficker extradited to the United States. Helmeted police armed with assault rifles escorted the handcuffed Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 65, to the U.S. plane at a military airfield on the edge of Bogota, the Colombian capital.
WORLD
November 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombia's Supreme Court has authorized the extradition to the United States of Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, one of two brothers who helped found the Cali drug cartel, a court spokesman said. The move came after U.S. officials last year indicted Rodriguez Orejuela and his brother, Miguel, on charges they continued to run the billion-dollar drug operation from their Colombian prison cells.
WORLD
February 24, 2007 | William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writer
THE official end of the notorious Cali cocaine cartel came late last year here with little more commotion than the rap of a judge's gavel. The Colombian drug lords Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, 63, and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 67, entered guilty pleas and were ushered off to federal prison for the next 30 years -- no Miami Vice-like dramatics, no bodies riddled with gunfire in the manner of Medellin rival Pablo Escobar.
WORLD
November 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
A former drug kingpin was freed late Thursday night after serving only half his sentence, despite a U.S. effort to find evidence to support further charges -- and possibly his extradition to the United States. Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who with his brother Miguel once controlled the Cali drug cartel, an empire that moved multi-ton shipments of cocaine across the globe, walked out of prison shortly after 10 p.m.
NEWS
June 10, 1995 | STEVEN AMBRUS and KENNETH FREED, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, reputed head of the multibillion-dollar Cali drug cartel and one of the world's most-wanted men, was captured Friday by a special Colombian anti-narcotics police squad. Rodriguez, a 56-year-old former bank president, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. when police raided a luxury apartment in the swank Santa Monica neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Cali, about 170 miles southwest of the capital, Bogota. Colombian and U.S.
NEWS
October 15, 1991 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Welcome," says the guttural, metallic voice, sounding more like a 21st-Century cyborg than a 20th-Century Colombian judge whose life is threatened by his country's drug barons. The judge sits in an adjoining room, invisible behind a two-way mirror. The eerie voice passes through an electronic distorter before beaming from two speakers in a small cubicle in Cali's justice palace. "Of course I am afraid," it admits.
NEWS
June 24, 1991 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years ago, an ambitious but low-key Cali businessman named Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela was acquitted here on drug smuggling charges and faded into obscurity, eclipsed by the ruthless cocaine lords terrorizing Colombia from the city of Medellin. Then, as the government waged an all-out war against the Medellin Cartel and brought down its leaders one by one, Rodriguez and his associates quietly perfected what the U.S.
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September 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two brothers who headed Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel pleaded guilty in Miami to drug trafficking charges. As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 67, and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, 62, were each sentenced to 30 years in prison and agreed to forfeit $2.1 billion worth of assets linked to the drug trade, officials said. The pair also agreed to plead guilty later to separate money-laundering charges filed against them in New York.
NEWS
June 13, 1995 | Associated Press
Police battled violence and drugs Monday by arresting suspects in a lethal bombing and hunting for the second of two brothers believed to run the notorious Cali cocaine cartel. Several people were arrested as suspects in the bombing of a street festival that killed 29 people Saturday. The bombing came one day after police arrested Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who with his brother, Miguel, leads the Cali cartel. Police carried out more raids Monday in the search for the brother.
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