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Fugitive cocaine cowboy arrested after four years on the run

January 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Fugitive cocaine cowboy arrested after four years on the run

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A former “cocaine cowboy” who once endured a firestorm of more than 100 rounds of gunfire to escape from authorities back in 1993 and was part of a drug organization that imported billions of dollars in drugs in the U.S., was finally busted after spending four years on the lam.

Miami drug dealer Mario Gonzalez was taken into custody on Friday at a five-acre property in South Florida.

Following his release from prison back in 2014, Gonzalez was indicted on charges in New York and was considered a fugitive.

Two helicopters and almost 40 officers were involved in finding the fugitive cocaine cowboy after he escaped on an ATV.

According to the Miami Herald, a K-9 officer eventually detected the man hiding in bushes and bit him.

Gonzalez was discovered with a semiautomatic weapon and cash.

In 1993, Gonzalez was sought after on drug and weapons charges – when federal agents cornered him; he attempted to flee by running them over in a car. He was apprehended following a shootout with U.S. Marshals. Officer discovered Gonzalez with a pipe bomb and a loaded firearm.

At the time, feds came to suspect Gonzalez had plotted to kill any member of law enforcement who might testify against him and his co-conspirators at trial.

Gonzalez was ultimately convicted on a myriad of charges and spent nearly two decades behind bars.

The “Cocaine Cowboys” were a ring of drug runners led by kingpins Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta who worked with Colombian drug cartels to import tons of cocaine into port of Miami.

The drug trafficking ring gained notoriety with the release of the 2006 documentary “Cocaine Cocaine Cowboys,” which chronicled Colombian drug barons’ conquest of the Miami drug trade during the 1970s and 1980s using a brand of violence not seen in the U.S. since the prohibition era of Al Capone.

Authorities say the cocaine cowboys were responsible for smuggling an estimated 75 tons of cocaine into the U.S. and accumulated over $2 billion during the 1980’s.

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