Cali cartel

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Noun1.Cali cartel - a drug cartel that seized control of cocaine production in Colombia in 1993; adopted techniques used by terrorist organizations (small cells and sophisticated communications equipment and close ties with politicians etc.)
Colombia, Republic of Colombia - a republic in northwestern South America with a coastline on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; achieved independence from Spain in 1821 under the leadership of Simon Bolivar; Spanish is the official language
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Colombian security forces, with US backing and covert assistance from the Cali cartel and disaffected former Escobar associates (which organized into a death squad known as the PEPES, or People Persecuted by Escobar), killed Escobar in 1993.
1991: With North East trafficker Brian Charrington, Warren makes his first trip to the Colombian Cali Cartel.
The Cali Cartel funded politicians, hired top international lawyers and invested their drugs profits in legitimate businesses.
Valencia-Trujillo, a former principal of the famed Cali Cartel, was sentenced to 40 years' imprisonment and ordered to forfeit $110,000,000 in illicit proceeds.
At the height of his crime spree Warren had a hotline to dealers in the Colombian Cali cartel and direct links with the Turkish heroin mafia.
At the height of his influence, he had a hotline to the Columbian Cali cartel, direct links with the Turkish heroin Mafia and unlimited credit with the cannabis dealers of Europe and Africa, and it was said he even had the power to command the price of the drug market in the UK.
The Cali Cartel was a rival contender in the drug trade, but took a more passive, business- like approach, although murder was still a viable business move if it brought about a desired result.
what the US calls "the final, fatal blow" to the world's biggest cocaine supplier, two Colombian brothers who helped found the infamous Cali cartel have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, agreed to forfeit billions in assets, and received what could amount to a life sentence.
But his main rivals, the Cali Cartel, killed off his main lieutenants, leaving Escobar hunted and hiding out in his home town of Medellin.
One former president became synonymous with corruption after it was found that the Cali cartel helped bankroll his campaign.
In the meantime, however, it suffered serious penetration from the Cali cartel, that was, according to intellectuals and officials, "narcotrafficker but not narcoterrorist.
1 order to release Cali cartel bosses Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela stunned many in Colombia and the US.