El Cartel (TV series)

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For the film adaptation, see El Cartel de los Sapos (film).
El Cartel de los Sapos
Genre Action, drama, Narconovela
Written by Juan Camilo Ferrand
Andrés Lopez (original novel)
Directed by Luis Alberto Restrepo
Country of origin Colombia
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes Season 1: 48
Season 2: 113
Production
Location(s) Colombia
United States
Mexico
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original run June 4, 2008 – October 21, 2008
External links
Website

El Cartel de los Sapos (English title: The Cartel of Snitches) or El Cartel is a Colombian television series that first aired on June 4, 2008 on the Colombian network Caracol TV. It is based on the book by the same name by Andrés López López, alias Florecita (a former drug dealer), who wrote the book during his years in prison. In his book, he writes about his experiences while in the Cartel and what happened within the Norte del Valle Cartel. In the TV series, each character from the book and the locations were changed. El Cartel stars Manolo Cardona, Karen Martínez, Diego Cadavid, and Robinson Díaz.

Synopsis[edit]

Two friends enter the illegal drugs business, thinking it is the fastest way to become rich.

The illegal drugs trafficking world seems to be attractive to all these middle-class people who just want to grow up in a safe way without legal problems.

Ignoring this choosing is just the beginning of a turbulent and troubled life that is going to change his fate forever, Martín alias "Fresita" gets a job in a drugs lab sponsored by the big boss Óscar Cadena (Fernando Solorzano). Martín learns really fast and he starts to send illegal drugs to the United States, while his boss makes an alliance with the Villegas Brothers, from the West Cartel, to take down the biggest drug dealer ever: Pablo Escobar.

With Escobar down, a new cartel is up: The Pacific Cartel, the most worthless in Colombia, led by Óscar Cadena, so Óscar (the teacher) and Martín (the student) make a pact of friendship and business.

Martín becomes a rich man and he falls for Sofía (Karen Martinez), a beautiful woman, but he gets her heart by lying to her. But Sofía discovers the origin of Martín's wealth and he has to choose: Sofía or the business.

Óscar helps the police to finish the West Cartel. The snitches (sapos) make the war between these criminal machineries to reach a point of breaking.

Martín refuses to take part in this war and decides to go to Miami with Sofía and his children, but what he does not know is that it is not a safe place anymore, and he must keep going with the old illegal activities, watching his old friends die by the enemy.

Business partners and brothers dead or caught, forces Martín to run to Mexico looking for protection. He realizes too late that in this business; you can never win... So he becomes a sapo and tells his tale to the DEA.

Characters[edit]

Caracol decided to change the real names of the characters and their aliases, although some physical resemblance between the characters and their aliases remained with real people who interpreted. The following tables show the names of the characters and actors are shown, and also the names of the real life people they represent in the series. And in the first table highlights the characters that also appear in the second season.

First Season
Character Name - Aka Actor Real name - Alias
Martín González - El fresita Manolo Cardona Andrés López López - el Florecita (The Flower)
Sofía (esposa de Martín) Karen Martínez María del Socorro Patiño
Milton Jiménez - El cabo Róbinson Diaz Wílber Alirio Varela - Jabón
Pepe Cadena Diego Cadavid Fernando Henao - el Grillo
Oscar Cadena Fernando Solórzano José Orlando Henao Montoya- el Hombre del Overol
Álvaro José Pérez - Guadaña Julian Arango Luis Alfonso Ocampo Fómeque - Tocayo
Amparo Cadena (esposa de Julio) Sandra Reyes Lorena Henao Montoya
John Mario Martínez - Pirulito Juan Pablo Raba (1.ª season)
Camilo Saenz (second season)
Juan Carlos Ramírez Abadía - Chupeta
Julio Trujillo Fernando Arévalo Ivan Urdinola Grajales - el Enano (The Dwarf)
Conrado Cadena - El mocho Álvaro Rodríguez Arcángel Henao - el Mocho
Alfonso Rendón - Anestesia Andrés Parra Carlos Zapata - el Médico
Humberto Paredes - Humber Juan Ángel Efraín Hernández - Don Efra
Samuel Morales Luis Alfredo Velasco Miguel Solano - Miguelito
Mario Lopera - Don Mario Santiago Moure Diego Montoya - Don Diego
Gonzalo Tovar - Buñuelo Juan Carlos Arango Hernando Gómez Bustamante - Rasguño
Apolinar S. Santilla - el Negro Santilla Elkin Córdoba Jorge E. Aspirilla - El negro Aspirilla
Eliana Saldarriaga (esposa de Pepe) Juliana Galvis Cristina Santana
Juanita Marín Nataly Umaña Natalia Paris Gaviria
Juliana Morales o Estupiñán Natalia Betancurt Rosario Molano o Santibañez
Agente Sam Mathews John Gertz Agente Romedio Viola (DEA)
El Ovejo Harold Córdoba Óscar Varela García - Capachivo
Fermín Urrego - el Tigre Waldo Urrego Victor Patiño Fómeque - la Fiera
Cdte Ramiro Gutiérrez Alberto Palacio Colonel Danilo González Gil
David Paz Armando Gutiérrez Baruch Vega - el Fotógrafo
Hugo de la Cruz Pedro Mogollón Hélmer Herrera - Pacho Herrera
Gral. Javier Ibarra (Policía Nacional) Germán Quintero Gral. Oscar Naranjo
Emanuel Villegas Victor Cifuentes Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela
Leonardo Villegas Hermes Camelo Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela
Ignacio Nacho Sotomayor Néstor Alfonso Rojas Jose Santacruz Londoño
Novio de Hugo de la Cruz Andrés Toro Novio de Hélmer Herrera
Tulio de la Cruz - Doble Rueda Alberto Barrero Juan Herrera - el Inválido
Pedro Tejada - Revolver Jimmy Vásquez Julio Correa - Julio Fierro
Susana de Cadena (esposa de Conrado) Carolina Cuervo
Francisco José Trujillo (hermano de Julio) Mauricio Vélez
Silvio Méndez (chofer y amante de Amparo) Giovanny Álvarez
Caremico Christian Tappan Orlando Sánchez Cristancho - Trompa de Marrano
Kevin - Kevin Izquierdo Juan Calderón Richard Martínez
Guillermo Polo - Guillo Dorian Keller
Ita (abuela de Martín) Consuelo Luzardo
Perla (hermana de Martín) Carolina Lizarazo
Esposa de Samuel Morales Tania Falquez
Rene Zamudio (amigo de Samuel) Federico Rivera
Giselle (esposa de Anestesia) Angeline Moncayo
El Contador Mauricio Navas - el Secre.
Omar Godoy - Navaja Rodolfo Silva Juan Carlos Ortiz - Cuchilla
Adolfo Aguilar (jefe de Las AUC) - El Halcón Mauricio Mejía Carlos Castaño
Belinda (amiga de Juanita) Linda Lucia Callejas
Soledad (esposa de Óscar) Majida Issa
Myriam (madre de Eliana) Rita Bendeck
Gargajo Rafael Uribe Ochoa
Señuelo (Trabajador de Eliana) John Alex Toro
Cristián Julio Ocampo
Jhonatan de la Cruz Héctor García
Israel de la cruz Rafael Henríquez
William Torres Nelson Tallaferro
Gral. Jorge Contreras Julio Correal
Steven Douglas Brandon Fokken
Second Season
Character - Alias Actor Real name - Alias
Andrea Negrete - La Mera Mera o la Reina Patricia Manterola Sandra Ávila - la Reina del Pacífico
Victoria "Vicky" Puerta Carolina Guerra Yovanna Guzmán
- Antenas John Alex Toro Ramón Oliveros
John - el Gordo John Luis Eduardo Arango William Tamayo Hernández - Mazinger
Mayor Luis Madero - el Caza Narcos (Unidad Antinarcóticos) Alejandro Martínez Mayor Elkin Leonardo Molina Aldana
- el Rockie Juan Sebastián Aragón
- el Puma Víctor Mallarino Juan Diego Espinoza - el Tigre
Diego Casas - Caliche Carlos Mario Echavarría Luis Fernando Lopera - Casadiego
- El primo Luis Fernando Montoya (actor)|Luis Fernando Montoya Carlos Alberto Renteria - Beto
Tía de Johanna Marcela Agudelo
Johanna Lesmes Angélica Blandon
El mariachi de "El piloto" Gustavo Ángel
Capitán Harvey Racines Tommy Vásquez Pedro Pineda - Pispis
María Luisa Higuera (amante de "Caliche") Margarita Muñoz
Lina María Acevedo (amor de "Don Mario") Andrea Noceti Paula Andrea Betancourt
Blanca (Esposa de Racines) Paola Dulce
Larissa Márquez de Casas (esposa de "Caliche") Paula Barreto Gloria Patricia Gomez Osorio
Zully Carmona Diana Hoyos Nancy Cadavid
Olga (esposa de "Pirulito") Patricia Castañeda
Agente Katherine (DEA) Paulina Gálvez
Agente Peter McAllister (DEA) Anthony Guzmán Agente Terry Cole (DEA)
Agente Lilian Young (DEA) Michelle Manterola
Oliver Carmona o García (esposo de Zully) Ramiro Sandoval
Patricia Carmona (hermana de Zully) Sandra Guzmán Libia Cadavid
XL Ramón Medina José Luis Ledezma - el JL
Wilson Gamboa - Paredón Joltzman Núñez Carlos Arturo Patiño - Patemuro
Pedro - el Manteco Ulíses González Weimar Pérez - Grasoso
Teniente Calero Julián Álvarez
Juan B. Guillén - el Piloto Esteban Franco Amado Carrillo - el Señor de los Cielos
- el Golfo Guillermo Quintanilla Miguel Félix Gallardo - el Padrino
Santiago Bonera Carlos Humberto Camacho
Farid Duarte Ismael Barrios
Jaime Vélez - el Pajarraco Bernardo García Carlos Robayo - Guacamayo
Weimar Castro - Caremotor Carlos Sánchez Wenceslao Caicedo - el Señor de la Motosierra
- Mogollo Giovanni Galindo Gilmer H. Quintero - el Cabezón
Milton de Jesús Jiménez - Jimenito Juan Hugo Cárdenas Wilber Felipe Varela Camacho - Varelita
Luisinho Bárbaro Marín Fernandinho Beira-Mar
Lucía (esposa de Buñuelo) Mónica Franco
Abogado Eddy Doménico (defensor de Bonera) Gilberto Reyes
- la India (esposa del Rockie) Yesenia Valencia
Joyce (esposa de Luisinho) Viña Machado
Antonio Villegas Jhonny Rivera Sigifredo Rodriguez Orejuela
Agente Navarro D'Michael Haas
Agente DEA Ilja Rosendahl
Julián Levy Guy Davidyan
Bodyguard of "El Golfo" Carlos Arrechea

External links[edit]

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