Drug Cartel Bosses Get Light Sentences

SATURDAY, JAN. 18, 1997

The two top bosses of the Cali cocaine cartel drew 10-1/2- and nine-year prison terms Friday for leading the world’s largest drug syndicate, comparatively light sentences that angered Colombian and U.S. officials.

It was the first criminal ruling against Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez, brothers who ran the world’s largest cocaine ring. Each man still has at least four other cases pending against him.

U.S. Ambassador Myles Frechette called the verdict “really, really regrettable” and said “the U.S. government and American public … are going to be shocked.”

“I’m not going to keep capturing drug traffickers just so that they can be jailed and released,” a visibly upset national police commander Gen. Rosse Jose Serrano said.

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