Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Alleged "Cocaine Cowboy" Gustavo Falcon caught after 26 years on the run


The last of the notorious "Cocaine Cowboys" was caught, Wednesday, in Orlando.

Gustavo Falcon, 55, also known as Taby, was booked into the Orlando County jail at 6:24 p.m.

Gustavo Falcon, 55, was found riding his bike outside of Kissimmee in a joint operation involving USA marshals from Miami and Orlando.

Authorities said he was using a fake drivers license dating back to 1997, with a Miami address. He is scheduled to have his first appearance in Orlando federal court on Thursday, before his expected transfer to Miami.

Falcon was charged in 1991 with smuggling roughly 75 tons of cocaine into the US over a 13-year period.

Gustavo did not resist the arrest and even confessed to his real identity, officials said.

Federal authorities originally accused the Falcon-Magluta organization of smuggling 75 tons of cocaine, worth more than $2 billion, into the United States between 1978 and 1991.

In 1996, Willie Falcon and Magluta were acquitted of the charges, though it was later discovered they bought off witnesses and at least one jury member.

Willy Falcon and Magluta were convicted in what was at the time Miami's biggest drug smuggling case, and are both now in federal prison.

Willy and Magluta are now in federal prison.

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