What is the Medellin Cartel?
A cartel is a small group of big companies, usually the top four in any one industry that works together for a larger market share by means of price-fixing, collusion and limiting supply.
The Medellin Cartel was the most powerful cocaine organization in the world. At its peak, it was responsible for 80% of the cocaine being sold in the U.S. and other countries.
It was in full control of the entire process from the growing, laboratory production, transporting, wholesale, and distribution. Comprised of a group of families, working together to form one entity for full domination of the market.
Pablo Escobar a.k.a. as “El Doctor” or “El Patron” was the Godfather or voice of the organization along with his cousin Gustavo Gaviria, alias “The Lion”, who was in charge of the finances.
The Ochoa Clan, with its three brothers Jorge Luis, Juan David, and Fabio, were Pablo’s associates and equally important Capos, as was Carlos Lehder alias “El Mago” or “The Magician”, a name given to him for making cocaine disappear in one country and make it reappear in the U.S. like a magician does with a magic trick. He was responsible for bringing in mega tons of cocaine through his fleet of airplanes from an island he owned in the Bahamas to Florida, inundating the United States of America with cocaine through his clever distribution network.
The Cartel had a vast transcontinental empire heavily protected by the hitman division or “sicarios” and their right arm paramilitary army formed to fight off guerrilla rebels in the jungles. Anyone that meddled in the affairs of the organization was tortured, chopped in pieces and killed.
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