Colombia: Wanted, but Not Found

Wanted, but Not Found

The leaders of the powerful Medellin cocaine cartel have become folk heroes for their ability to escape the relentless pursuit of government security forces. Last week Pablo Escobar Gaviria, 39, a leader of the drug ring that controls 80% of the cocaine entering the U.S., pulled off one of the most impressive getaways. In an operation code named Against the Fortress, some 600 police and army troops raided a ranch 70 miles outside Medellin, but Escobar managed to elude them.

When the police fleet of ten helicopters suddenly appeared overhead at 6:30 a.m., one sentry ran to alert Escobar and others,...

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