December 16, 1989 |
In their single biggest victory in the drug war, Colombian police Friday shot and killed notorious narcotics trafficker Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, who as a leader of the Medellin cartel waged a campaign of terror to maintain the world's biggest cocaine empire.
December 7, 1989 |
A U.S. effort to freeze an estimated $81 million in overseas bank accounts belonging to a leader of the Medellin cartel went partly awry last month when a significant part of the total was suddenly transferred to Panama, the Justice Department reported Wednesday. "We lost $20 million," Drug Enforcement Administration chief John C. Lawn conceded. The admission came as Lawn and Atty. Gen.
November 8, 1989 |
In the first international crackdown of its kind, authorities in five countries have frozen bank accounts holding at least $60 million belonging to one of the most-wanted members of a major Colombian cocaine cartel, a U.S. official disclosed Tuesday. Sources said the accounts were controlled by Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, a leading member of the Medellin cartel and one of the "dirty dozen" traffickers whose apprehension has been given top priority by U.S. authorities.
October 22, 1989 |
Pablo Escobar and Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha have joined the notorious ranks of Billy the Kid and Al Capone. After years on the rampage, the two Colombian drug lords seem bigger than life and as bad as bandits come. Forbes magazine estimates the pair's wealth in the billions of dollars. In addition to buying the compliance of countless Colombian officials, they are known to finance paramilitary platoons in rural areas and squads of hired killers in the cities.
September 24, 1989 |
Two captured men have confessed to killing a popular presidential candidate, the army says, and a congressional leader said he was contacted by Colombia's two most notorious drug lords with a new offer to negotiate. Bogota's half a dozen daily newspapers quoted an army general Saturday as saying the army now knows who hired the alleged assassins of Sen. Luis Carlos Galan, whose Aug. 18 killing led the government to declare war on drug traffickers. But Gen.
September 2, 1989 |
Drug magnate Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha may be losing his billionaire status. Among Colombia's beleaguered kings of cocaine, Rodriguez Gacha has been hit hardest by an unprecedented campaign of official raids and confiscations over the past two weeks, a high Colombian intelligence official told The Times.