So says Semana magazine, and remember that while Miguel pays his sentence in a Pennsylvania jail, his older brother is confined in a North Carolina prison.
Gilberto is the one with the most delicate health Well, at 82 years of age, has had 2 heart attacks and has colon cancer, mentions the weekly.
The media adds that the former drug trafficker asks to return to the country arguing that, in addition to the 9 years in prison that he paid in Colombia, and that the United States has not recognized, he turned 16 in the North American country.
Precisely, in February of last year, David Óscar Markus, lawyer for the eldest of the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers requested early release for his attorney relying on a sentence reduction law and arguing health problems of his client, among which the defense mentioned two types of cancer, colon and prostate.
One month after that request, Markus insisted on Gilberto’s freedom just as the pandemic began from COVID-19, against which the lawyer sent a new request for release for his client because, he indicated at the time, he he was “at very high risk (…) of contracting the virus.”
Who are the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers?
Gilberto and Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela were the founders and heads of the criminal organization known as the Cali Cartel, which was dedicated to cocaine trafficking during the 80s and 90s, the greatest time of violence by drug trafficking in Colombia, in which the Medellín Cartel, led by the dejected capo Pablo Escobar.
In Colombia, Rodríguez Orejuela brothers they started working in modest trades, they created the chain of pharmacies Drogas La Rebaja (business that moved like this during the time of the Cali Cartel) and They formed a conglomerate with banks and sports teams, while gaining power in many sectors of the country and bribing politicians.
The Colombian authorities captured or forced to surrender in 1995 the 7 main leaders of the Cali Cartel, including the two brothers.
In 2006, Gilberto and Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela were sentenced to 30 years in prison in a Miami court, El Tiempo reported at the time.