KINGPIN CHECKMATE

THE GOVERNMENT BUSTS CALI'S GILBERTO RODRIGUEZ OREJUELA IN A STUNING CRACKDOWN ON THE CARTELS

The Rodriguez brothers are a study in opposites. Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, the younger one, has a driven, type-A personality, so obsessive about the family's multibillion-dollar empire that he monitors the electric bills and company magazine subscriptions. Gilberto, 56, is the smooth chairman of the board, more cerebral, with a fondness for the Colombian poets, a passion for soccer, and friends in high and public places. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials have long felt, however, that Gilberto's intelligence has been overrated. Believed to be the leader of the powerful Cali cocaine cartel, Gilberto, who says he is merely an honest drugstore magnate,...

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