Monday, October 16, 2023

Gustavo Falcon - last of the 'cocaine cowboys'

The last of Miami's 'Cocaine Cowboys' Gustavo Falcon, then 56, was sentenced to 11 years in jail in 2018 after almost three decades on the run. Falcon was arrested in 2017 near Orlando, where he was living under an assumed name with his wife. For 26 years, Gustavo Falcon lived the mundane life of a middle-aged dad. He jogged, he worked an ordinary job.
Falcon vanished in 1991 when he, his older brother Augusto 'Willie' Falcon, Salvador 'Sal' Magluta and seven others were charged in a major federal grand jury indictment. Magluta and Augusto Falcon ran one of the biggest cocaine trafficking rings in Florida history. The gang smuggled at least 75 tons of cocaine into the US and made some $2 billion in the 1980s 'Miami Vice' era.