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Pablo Escobar's arch nemesis dies in US prison

His family said that a former leader of Colombia’s once-powerful Cali drug cartel died in US prison.

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (83), died Tuesday after serving a sentence for drug trafficking.

Rodriguez was also known as the Chess Player. According to a recent report by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Rodriguez led the cartel that once controlled 80% global cocaine markets.

In 2004, he was extradited to America and was currently in federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.


Rodriguez’s family released a statement that Alexandra, his daughter, shared with the world. They stated that Rodriguez died from lymphoma.

Rodriguez’s brother Miguel was also captured in 1995. He is currently serving a sentence in the US.

Pablo Escobar was shot and killed by police in 1993. The brothers used bombs and vigilantes to stop Escobar.

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

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Colombian authorities arrested the drug lord in 1995, marking the beginning of the end of the Cali cartel.

Rodriguez’s family stated that they were in the process of exchanging his remains to Colombia.


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