By Ron Chepesiuk
In the Nineteen Eighties, Colombia was once the scene of heritage s greatest gang struggle. The epic loss of life fight pitted Pablo Escobar, the so referred to as world's maximum outlaw, opposed to the robust Cali Cartel, led by way of the brothers Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela. The conflict left millions of Colombians lifeless and spawned the time period, narcoterrorism. Who obtained Pablo Escobar and the way did the conflict play out? writer, Ron Chepesiuk takes the reader backstage of the struggle to the demise and investigates a gangland secret.
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Extra resources for Escobar VS Cali. The War of the Cartels
Records indicate that Santacruz was arrested twice during the 1970s, the first time in 1976 while traveling from New York City to Costa Rica and the second in 1977 on a weapons charge in Queens, New York. Pacho Herrera, who started his criminal career smuggling relatively small amounts of cocaine into New York City, was arrested in 1975 and 1979, according to DEA reports. On 10 September 1975, the Colombian Customs Agency filed this brief report on the state of drug trafficking in Colombia: Valle del Cauca: 58 – Rodriguez Orejuela, Gilberto, drug trafficker.
The subterfuge was part of the Cali cartel’s brilliant strategy to keep a low profile, portraying themselves as gentlemen and their organization as a gentler, more professional alternative to their violent rival 200 miles to the north in Medellin, led by Pablo Escobar. In the years ahead, the Cali men would challenge, intimidate– even kill – anyone who attempted to expose this myth. Gilberto Rodriguez, for instance would often get on the phone and leave messages for reporters, chastising them for vsuggesting that he was involved in the drug trade.
If I don’t (get it), I’m going to kill myself. ” In 1974, according to Roberto Escobar, Pablo studied political science at the University of Antiochia, with the ambition of becoming a criminal lawyer and eventually entering politics. Pablo’s ultimate goal: the presidency of Colombia. But Pablo did not have the money to continue his studies and dropped out. According to other reports, however, Pablo told his mother that he was not cut out for school and that he had bigger plans in life. In 1982, Escobar did get elected to the Colombian Congress as an alternative representative.