Gilberto Rodriguez takes center stage as one of the four Cali Cartel bosses in Season 3 of Narcos. He formed the Cali Cartel back in the 70’s with his brother Miguel and ‘Chepe’ Santacruz. The flamboyant Pacho Herrera was later promoted to a boss to form the foursome that became the biggest drug trafficking organization in Colombia after Pablo Escobar’s fall.
Narcos Season 3 spoilers ahead.
If you are wondering what the real Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela was like in real life, he wasn’t much different from the character in Narcos Season 3. As portrayed in the series, Gilberto and his organization were much less violent than Pablo Escobar, who went to war with the Colombian government.
Gilberto preferred bribes and surveillance over intimidation and he successfully penetrated the Colombian government to the highest level. Despite his careful planning, Gilberto was quickly captured by the Colombian Police. In Narcos, the Cali Cartel boss ends up behind bars by Episode 4.
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