Gilberto Rodriguez

Columbian ex Drug Lord Gilberto Rodriguez Dies in US Prison 

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According to his family, a former boss of Colombia’s once-powerful Cali drug cartel died in prison in the United States. 

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 83, died on Tuesday after serving 30 years in prison for drug trafficking. 

According to a recent assessment from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Rodriguez led the Cali cartel, which once controlled 80 percent of the global cocaine market. 

According to a recent report from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Rodriguez, also known as the Chess Player, oversaw the cartel that once controlled 80 percent of the global cocaine market. 

At 2004, he was extradited to the United States and was imprisoned in a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina. 

Rodriguez’s family stated he died of cancer in a statement issued by his daughter Alexandra.

Miguel Rodriguez, Rodriguez’s brother, was apprehended two months later in 1995 and is currently serving a term in the United States. 

Against their drug trafficker foe Pablo Escobar, who was assassinated in a police raid in 1993, the brothers used bombings and vigilantes. 

They also admitted to funding political campaigns, including that of Liberal Party president Ernesto Samper in 1994, which he denied knowing about at the time. 

The drug lord’s capture by Colombian authorities in 1995 marked the start of the Cali cartel’s demise. 

Rodriguez’s family announced that the process of extraditing his remains back to Colombia had begun.

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Harry Wright

Harry completed his master’s degree in Information Science. He’s an avid supporter of LGBTQIA+ rights and access to information and free education for the marginalized sectors.

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