Drugs Death of a Drug Prince

The brutish life of Rodriguez Gacha ends in a shoot-out

With its crusade against the Medellin cocaine cartel coming up short, the Colombian government decided to raise the ante. Two months ago, officials offered $625,000 for information leading to the capture of either of the country's two most infamous traffickers: Pablo Escobar Gaviria, 39, and Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, 42. Late last week police scored their greatest single victory in their four-month-old war on drugs by trapping and killing one of the two: the notoriously brutish billionaire Rodriguez Gacha. And it didn't cost a cent in reward money.

In a wild chase, Rodriguez Gacha's son Fredy, 17, ultimately -- and unwittingly...

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