February 24, 2007 |
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.
December 23, 2003 |
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.
September 27, 2006 |
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.
December 28, 2003 |
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.
May 26, 1996 |
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.
March 13, 1997 |
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.