Colombian ‘Chess Player’ Drug Lord Dies in US Prison

The former leader of Colombia’s once-dominant Cali cocaine gang has died in a US prison.

A statement from his daughter Alexandra published on Sky News indicated that Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela died of lymphoma.

The 83-year-old Rodriguez died on Tuesday while still serving his drug trafficking sentence of 30 years. 

According to a recent report from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Rodriguez, also known as the Chess Player, oversaw the cartel that once controlled 80 percent of the global cocaine market.

In 2004, Rodriguez was extradited to the US and was imprisoned in a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.

Miguel, Rodriguez’s brother, was apprehended two months later in 1995 and is currently serving a term in the US.


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