A so-called ‘Cocaine Cowboy’ who went on the run for 26 years before he was eventually captured – has pleaded guilty for his part in an infamous cartel that operated in Florida.
Gustavo Falcon was part of the ‘Los Muchachos’ outfit in the state that trafficked $2bn (£1.41bn) worth of the drug – or an estimated 75 tonnes from Colombia into Miami in the 1980s.
It opened up and ran that pipeline into the city for about a decade until the authorities smashed up its operation in 1991.
Its ring leaders – including Gustavo’s brother Willy – were jailed for decades.
Gustavo himself slipped away from justice and fell off the radar after he went on the run amid the crackdown.
But his time as a free man came crashing down in April when police arrested him as he and his wife cycled home in Kissimmee in central Florida – where they had been living under false names.
The authorities tracked him down to the area near Orlando after a police sketch artist identified him after comparing his driving licence photo to a historical mug shot from his cartel days.
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