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Last of 'cocaine cowboys' nabbed after 26 years on the run

Last of 'cocaine cowboys' nabbed after 26 years on the run

One of the original "Cocaine Cowboys" was arrested Wednesday in Kissimmee after 26 years on the run.

This undated photo provided by Orange County Corrections shows Gustavo Falcon, the last of South Florida's "Cocaine Cowboys". A team comprising local law enforcement and officials from the US Marshals Miami and Orlando offices, along with its Fugitive Task Force, had the property under surveillance for more than a month.

Falcon will make his first court appearance Thursday. His wife reportedly also had a fake I.D. They were going by the name Luis Reiss and Maria Reiss. "We pulled his driver's license and it was the same Gustavo Falcon". The pair used their speedboats not only for ocean racing, but also to haul loads of cocaine smuggled from Colombian through the Caribbean to the shores of Miami.

Gustavo Falcon was apprehended by U.S. Marshals after being on the run for more than 25 years.

He explained that back in 2013 they caught a break when Falcon was involved in a vehicle accident, and he used his fake identification with the Miami address.

Prosecutors indicted the Falcon brothers and partner Salvador "Sal" Magluta in 1991 for smuggling massive amounts of cocaine into the United States. Authorities said they did not know if Falcon had a job.

Gustavo Falcon was not viewed as a top leader of the organization, and vanished just ahead of a 1991 indictment that charged him along with his brother, Magluta and others. He had been living there with his wife and their children, using fake identities, the source says.

Later, it turned out that Augusto Falcon and Magluta had bought off witnesses and at least one member of the jury, a foreman who did 17 years in prison after accepting $400,000.

Magluta and Willie Falcon now reside in federal prison.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with the man scheduled to be released in June. It had been previously thought he was living in Cuba as he was born there.

The Cocaine Cowboys and the Miami drug wars were famously chronicled in Billy Corben's 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys.

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