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Pedro Rosello, ex-husband of ‘Real Housewives’ star faces federal cocaine charges in Miami

November 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Pedro Rosello, ex-husband of ‘Real Housewives’ star faces federal cocaine charges in Miami

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For someone who avoided an assassination attempt while married to “Real Housewives of Miami” star Alexia Echevarria, and who once snitched on an infamous drug lord, the arrest of Pedro Rosello ended up being pretty low key.

Rosello, 52, was arrested last week during a traffic stop in Florida City with two kilos of cocaine that agents said he was going to sell, a complaint filed in U.S. federal court revealed.

The five page-complaint, signed by DEA special agent Joshua Evans, said agents were given a tip last week that Rosello was planning to sell five kilos of cocaine, and they successfully set up a bust on Wednesday that concluded with the man’s arrest after a traffic stop.

“Rosello gave consent for law enforcement to search the vehicle. A K-9 search was conducted and alerted on the rear passenger seat,” the complaint stated.

Pedro Luis Rosello mug shot photo from 2012 arrest

Federal officials indicated that they discovered two kilos of cocaine under the seat and that Rosello was brought to the Homestead Police Department to be questioned. His first court appearance took place on Monday, The Miami Herald reports.

For Rosello, his arrest is a footnote to a story that included marriage to Alexia Echevarria, who appeared on the Real Housewives of Miami

Once an informant himself, Pedro Rosello was widely known as Luis Mendez during the Cocaine Cowboy period of the 1980s.

Rosello, who went by the nickname “Pegy,” once tipped off the feds to the whereabouts of cocaine kingpin Sal Magluta, who was hiding as a fugitive at his mansion on La Gorce Island in 1991.

Alexia Echevarria’s ex-husband faces Federal cocaine charges in Miami

The following year Rosello married Alexia Figueredo. The day their son was born at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Colombian assassins dispatched by Magluta were trying to kill him.

However, they never got a chance to get to Rosello, because he never left the hospital. The pair got divorced in 1995.

Rosello was ultimately found guilty of cocaine trafficking as part of the Willie Falcon and Sal Magluta case. He testified at their trial and served some time behind bars. Shockingly, Falcon and Magluta were acquitted of charges of smuggling 75 tons of cocaine and bringing in over $2 billion for the Colombian cartel.

Authorities soon discovered that Falcon and Magluta paid off jurors and three witnesses were murdered. Falcon now faces deportation to Cuba after serving a 20-year sentence in June on a money-laundering plea deal. Magluta was given a 205-year sentence and was ordered to pay a $63 million penalty.

Even after that, Rosello was arrested again in 2007 for sexual battery on a minor and sentenced to 12 years behind bars. He didn’t serve the full sentence and was arrested again in 2012 for probation violation. He is now a registered sex offender.

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