“Cocaine Cowboy” arrested in Florida

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A simple bike ride with his wife ended decades on the run for one of the original “Cocaine Cowboys.”

Gustavo Falcon, 55, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Kissimmee, Florida, on Wednesday.

In the 1980’s, Falcon, his brother Augusto ‘Willy’ Falcon, and accomplice Salvador ‘Sal’ Magluta were infamous playboy drug dealers who made millions to become one of the top five drug dealing networks in U.S. history. They raced powerboats, flew in private jets, and lived in mansions.

Magluta and Willy now live in a federal prison, and Gustavo, who was rumored to have fled to Cuba, will soon join his comrades in the “big house.”

According to a Fox News report, Gustavo–who had been living under an alias with his wife and grown children–was nabbed by a team of U.S. Marshals from Miami and has since been booked into the Orange County Jail.

Gustavo was given three years’ probation and 200 hours of community service when released from jail, but since he was born in Cuba, it’s possible that he could be deported or held indefinitely by immigration officials after he finishes his sentence.

Back in 1992, Sean Convoy, then a supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Service in Miami, told reporters, “They were like gods in the doper community. All the other smugglers talked about how invincible they were. All you’d hear was `Willy and Sal this’ and `Willy and Sal that.’ I don’t think there was a police agency here that didn’t have something going at some time to try and catch them.”

During their criminal career, it’s been reported that the “Cocaine Cowboys” smuggled 75 tons of cocaine, worth more than $2 billion, into the United States, between 1978 and 1991. They used their speedboats to move the drugs into Miami from Colombian drug cartels.

Gustavo is set to appear in federal court on Thursday.

H/T: Daily Mail

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