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March 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, co-founder of Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel, was extradited to the United States. He was indicted in Miami in 2003 along with his brother, Gilberto, on charges of drug smuggling, money laundering and obstruction of justice. The two could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. Gilberto was extradited three months ago.
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March 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, co-founder of Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel, was extradited to the United States. He was indicted in Miami in 2003 along with his brother, Gilberto, on charges of drug smuggling, money laundering and obstruction of justice. The two could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. Gilberto was extradited three months ago.
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November 14, 1998 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The best, and probably the last, hope for bringing the heads of the Cali drug cartel to trial in the United States languishes in Colombia's notorious Modelo prison. This prisoner's lawyers insist that he is a Colombian named Jose Luis Caicedo. U.S. and Colombian authorities are convinced that he is really Fernando Flores, a Venezuelan who may be the key to proving that Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela continued to run their narcotics empire from a Colombian prison.
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November 14, 1998 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The best, and probably the last, hope for bringing the heads of the Cali drug cartel to trial in the United States languishes in Colombia's notorious Modelo prison. This prisoner's lawyers insist that he is a Colombian named Jose Luis Caicedo. U.S. and Colombian authorities are convinced that he is really Fernando Flores, a Venezuelan who may be the key to proving that Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela continued to run their narcotics empire from a Colombian prison.
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December 23, 2003 | From Associated Press
Two brothers who helped found the Cali drug cartel were indicted Monday on counts that they continued to run the billion-dollar operation from their Colombian prison cells. Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela were charged along with nine of their associates. The brothers have been in prison in Colombia since 1995 for their leadership of the cartel. Investigators said they had gotten information two years ago that the brothers had resumed running the cartel from prison.
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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.
WORLD
December 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A man believed to be a leading member of Cali's cocaine cartel and who is wanted in the United States has surrendered to police, Colombia's judicial police chief said. Daniel Serrano Gomez, who allegedly served as the cartel's accountant, gave himself up to police Friday in the central city of Bucaramanga, Col. Oscar Naranjo told reporters.
NEWS
May 26, 1996 | From Associated Press
Gunmen seriously wounded the son of a top cocaine trafficker Friday in an assassination attempt that killed a relative and five bodyguards, police said. Eight gunmen opened fire on William Rodriguez, 32, as he was having lunch in the Rio de Enero restaurant in Cali, hometown of the world's most powerful drug syndicate, police said. Rodriguez, a lawyer and vice president of the Cali soccer club America, is the son of jailed Cali cartel kingpin Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela.
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March 13, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
A huge cache of drug money linked to a Cali cartel kingpin may provide the hardest evidence yet for long-standing U.S. charges that drug lords are trafficking narcotics from inside Colombia's prisons. Nearly $5 million in suspected cocaine cash was discovered by police Tuesday in a raid on a house in the southwestern city of Cali, most of it in $100 and $50 bills sealed in wrappers marked "Reserva Federal Bank," an apparent reference to the U.S. Federal Reserve.
WORLD
February 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Reputed drug kingpin Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante was deported Thursday from Cuba to Colombia, which plans to extradite him to the United States to face trafficking and other charges, officials said. Gomez, an alleged top boss of the Norte del Valle cartel, had been held in Cuba since his 2004 arrest at Havana's main airport. He fled Colombia after Washington offered a $5-million reward for the capture of Colombia's top drug traffickers.
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April 29, 1992 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Almost 15,000 pounds of high-grade cocaine that had been shipped to Miami in a container packed with frozen broccoli has been seized in the culmination of what federal drug agents say is a two-year investigation of the Cali, Colombia, drug cartel. Ten people were arrested, and agents also seized about $1 million worth of cash, jewelry and vehicles. "Now we understand why the President said he doesn't like broccoli," joked William Rosenblatt, head of the U.S.
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June 6, 1995 | From Associated Press
A government extradition expert who once helped bring Colombian drug smugglers and other foreign criminals to justice in the United States was among three U.S. lawyers accused Monday in a drug smuggling conspiracy. More than 60 people were charged in the case, including the former Justice Department official and a former federal prosecutor. Three other lawyers, including a second federal prosecutor, have already pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
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