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‘Last’ member of Cocaine Cowboys arrested in Orlando
Federal authorities in Florida on April 12, 2017, arrested 55-year-old Gustavo Falcon, a member of the infamous “Cocaine Cowboys,” a drug trafficking organization that dominated the drug business in the state during the 1980s. Speaking to the Miami Herald, Barry Golden, a senior investigator working with the U.S. Marshals’ South Florida office, said that Gustavo was the last of the Cocaine Cowboys. He was arrested in Kissimmee and booked into an Orlando County jail after evading the police for 26 long years. His brother Augusto Falcon was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for drug trafficking. Prosecutors charged both the Falcon brothers and their accomplice Salvador Magluta in 1991 for trafficking colossal amounts of cocaine into the United States.
While Augusto and Magluta were sent to prison, Gustavo managed to escape evading authorities till he was finally arrested this month. For the past 26 years, police were under the belief that he was in Mexico or another South American country. According to the Daily Mail, the trio was accused of smuggling about 75 tons of cocaine between 1978 and 1991.
Florida witnessing surge in drug trafficking
Mexican drug traffickers find virtually endless opportunities in Florida, a southern coastal state with over 8,000 miles of coastline, to use maritime conveyances to smuggle drugs. Most traffickers use speed boats to sneak into the shores along with their loads of marijuana and cocaine, leaving federal authorities to opt for newer advances in technology to nab culprits.
The smugglers usually ship drugs through the Bahamas via go-fast boats, fishing boats, small commercial freighters and maritime shipping containers or even cruise boats which blend in with the legitimate local traffic that plies on these waters. Generally, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are focal points for transporting narcotic substances from South America to Central Florida.
The Miami-Dade and Broward counties in South Florida are viewed as the hub of all narcotic distribution activities in the state from where large consignments of cocaine, heroin and marijuana originating from South America, Central America and the Caribbean are transported to major locations across the nation primarily via Interstate 95.
Florida has predominantly been depicted in movies as well as the media as a major entry point for cocaine into the U.S. Besides, there is a great tendency to portray the nation’s Cubans as well as other Hispanic populations as the key players in the cocaine trafficking rings, which may not be necessarily true.
Battling menace of addiction
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