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October 12, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Colombian police announced Wednesday that they have arrested the fourth-ranking trafficker in the Medellin cocaine cartel. Jose Rafael Abello, who was seized Tuesday night as he dined in a Bogota restaurant, will be extradited to the United States to answer cocaine charges in a federal court in Oklahoma, a police spokesman said. The arrest was regarded by Colombian authorities as a milestone in their drive against traffickers who use Colombia as the hub for world cocaine distribution.
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May 30, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal court in Tulsa, Okla., sentenced a reputed high-ranking member of the Medellin drug cartel to 30 years in prison and fined him $5 million. Jose Abello Silva was convicted May 19 of conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana into the United States and to possess drugs with the intent to distribute. Abello was extradited to the United States from Colombia last fall. U.S. District Judge Thomas Brett said the extradition treaty provided a maximum sentence of 30 years.
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October 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
The man accused of being the Medellin cocaine cartel's master smuggler was handed over to U.S. narcotics agents before dawn Sunday at a Bogota, Colombia, airport, then flown here and arraigned on drug charges, authorities said. Jose Abello Silva was the fifth and most important drug trafficking suspect extradited from Colombia to the United States since Colombia began a drug crackdown 10 weeks ago. Eight more Colombian drug trafficking suspects are being held for extradition.
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May 20, 1990 | From Associated Press
A Colombian reputed to be a key figure in the Medellin cocaine cartel was convicted Saturday on two federal drug conspiracy counts. Jose Abello Silva faces up to $8 million in fines and 30 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Thomas Brett set sentencing for May 29. Jurors convicted Abello, 35, of conspiring to import marijuana and cocaine into the United States and conspiring to possess drugs with intent to distribute. His attorneys said they would appeal.
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October 31, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two people were killed and two others were wounded in Bogota when a grenade exploded as an attacker prepared to toss it at police, officials said. Two bombs also exploded in the city Monday, but no one was injured, and officials suspected that all the incidents were in response to the weekend extradition to the United States of Jose Abello Silva, a purported cocaine kingpin.
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May 30, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal court in Tulsa, Okla., sentenced a reputed high-ranking member of the Medellin drug cartel to 30 years in prison and fined him $5 million. Jose Abello Silva was convicted May 19 of conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana into the United States and to possess drugs with the intent to distribute. Abello was extradited to the United States from Colombia last fall. U.S. District Judge Thomas Brett said the extradition treaty provided a maximum sentence of 30 years.
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May 20, 1990 | From Associated Press
A Colombian reputed to be a key figure in the Medellin cocaine cartel was convicted Saturday on two federal drug conspiracy counts. Jose Abello Silva faces up to $8 million in fines and 30 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Thomas Brett set sentencing for May 29. Jurors convicted Abello, 35, of conspiring to import marijuana and cocaine into the United States and conspiring to possess drugs with intent to distribute. His attorneys said they would appeal.
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October 22, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 31, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two people were killed and two others were wounded in Bogota when a grenade exploded as an attacker prepared to toss it at police, officials said. Two bombs also exploded in the city Monday, but no one was injured, and officials suspected that all the incidents were in response to the weekend extradition to the United States of Jose Abello Silva, a purported cocaine kingpin.
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October 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
The man accused of being the Medellin cocaine cartel's master smuggler was handed over to U.S. narcotics agents before dawn Sunday at a Bogota, Colombia, airport, then flown here and arraigned on drug charges, authorities said. Jose Abello Silva was the fifth and most important drug trafficking suspect extradited from Colombia to the United States since Colombia began a drug crackdown 10 weeks ago. Eight more Colombian drug trafficking suspects are being held for extradition.
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October 12, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Colombian police announced Wednesday that they have arrested the fourth-ranking trafficker in the Medellin cocaine cartel. Jose Rafael Abello, who was seized Tuesday night as he dined in a Bogota restaurant, will be extradited to the United States to answer cocaine charges in a federal court in Oklahoma, a police spokesman said. The arrest was regarded by Colombian authorities as a milestone in their drive against traffickers who use Colombia as the hub for world cocaine distribution.
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