The drug lord of the Cali Cartel died in the United States – News

The capo of the Cali Cartel, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, died in the last few hours in a prison in the United States, where he had been serving a 30-year prison sentence since 2006 for different crimes related to drug trafficking.

The news was given this Wednesday by his lawyer, David Markus, through a statement released to the press: “We regret the death of Gilberto last night.”

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Through an email, the lawyer made this fact known, but did not detail the cause of his death, although later, Rodríguez Orejuela’s family revealed that it was a “lymphoma that afflicted him.”

Known as “El Ajedrecista”, this drug lord led the fearsome Cali Cartel together with his brother Miguel, who was also detained in a prison in the United States.

In addition, he was the enemy of Pablo Escobar and, after his death, took his place to the point of being considered by Washington as the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.

In 1995 he was captured and sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking, although he was only imprisoned for seven years and three months.

By 2002, he was released and a year later he was arrested again in Cali for being accused of sending 150 kilos of cocaine to Tampa, Florida.

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A year later, he was extradited to the United States and sentenced to 30 years in prison for crimes linked not only to drug trafficking but also to money laundering.

In addition, Rodríguez Orejuela was involved in different situations such as terrorist attacks, kidnappings and homicides.

In February 2020, he had requested an early release: according to his arguments, they had to do with his state of health, since he had complications from cancer (of the colon and prostate) and hypertension that he had had for several years and that worsened while he paid his sentence.

This Wednesday, finally, it was announced that he died of lymphoma.

“We, the children and wife of Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela allow ourselves to report that unfortunately yesterday, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 6:54 in the afternoon, our father and husband died due to a lymphoma that afflicted him,” mentioned his family in a statement.