Saturday, March 19, 2022

Billy Blackledge - oldest most wanted fugitive on Interpol

Now 84, Scot William 'Billy' Blackledge is the oldest fugitive on Interpol’s list of the most wanted Brit crooks. Blackledge defied cops to fly loads of cocaine to North America from Colombia for the Cali Cartel in the 1980s.
The group was a rival to Pablo Escobar’s Medellin empire and once raked in $5 billion a year. Blackledge played a key role in the drug trade after moving to Fort Lauderdale in the 1970s. His crime career echoes the hit Netflix series Narcos.

Miguel Angel Rodríguez Orejuela
He met Angel Sanchez, one of the Cali Cartel’s leaders, in 1981 and helped him to deliver his first shipment of cocaine to the US the following year. After becoming a trusted ally, Blackledge was introduced in 1986 to Allan ‘The Weasel’ Ross — boss of the West End Gang. Blackledge negotiated for the Montreal group to buy large shipments of cocaine from Sanchez twice a week. The Weasel introduced Blackledge to the Hell’s Angels and used his Colombian links to connect the bikers with cocaine.
Allan ‘The Weasel’ Ross
RCMP believed they finally had Blackledge in their sights in 1991 when The Weasel was caught trying to smuggle ten tons of cocaine in Florida. Blackledge continued to dodge them. Fake identities included Bill Brenstein, Bill Souper and Bobby Blackledge. The Cali Cartel’s co-founder Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela was arrested and extradited to the US from Colombia in 2005, triggering the group’s downfall. Decades have passed since Blackledge was last positively sighted and there are only two grainy photos of him. According to Interpol, Blackledge is 5ft 8in with blue eyes and red hair .