Sunday, October 1, 2017

Cocaine cowboys ‘Willie and Sal’ made fortune, then financed CIA-run exile ops to kill Castro

The reputations of Willie Falcon and Sal Magluta as legendary cocaine cowboys precede them everywhere.

What’s not well known about the duo who dropped out of high school and became the Colombian cartels’ go-to smugglers is this: In the mid-1990s at the peak of the Miami Vice era, they donated substantial drug-trafficking profits to Cuban exile paramilitary groups aiming to kill Fidel Castro, according to former law enforcement sources and people with knowledge of their donations.

While Magluta is serving a 195-year sentence in prison after being convicted on drug-related charges, Falcon is facing a U.S. deportation order to Cuba after completing a 20-year sentence in June on a money-laundering plea agreement. Ever since, he has been detained in a Louisiana immigration facility.

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