Jorge Alberto Rodríguez

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Jorge Alberto Rodriguez (born November 19, 1971) is a Colombian drug lord and formerly one of the leaders of the Cali Cartel, based in the city of Cali, Colombia. Jorge is the son of Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela. His birthdate is often reported as December 8, 1962 (Colombian Cedula No. 79290554), or April 19, 1966, based on government issued passports found in his home after his arrest.

The 400[edit]

Jorge's father Gilberto Jose Rodriguez-Orejuela being arrested

Rodriguez entered the smuggling business in 1983 under the tutelage of his father, creating a cell known as The 400, which employed 400 extremely skilled and dangerous criminals from around the world, as well as numerous top-level government officials. He soon seized control of the United States cocaine market after assassinating his rival, Juan Carlos Melendez. In the criminal underworld, he became known as "Don Cholito". He was also known for laundering over US$40 million via Colombia to finance his fleet of planes in the United States.


Jorge poses with boxing promoter Don King before his 1990 arrest

Rodriguez was arrested on July 6, 1990 by U.S. Customs and a Special Forces Unit of the U.S. Army in Tallahassee, Florida after orchestrating the importation of 100 kilograms of cocaine into the United States. After a 3-day trial in October 1990, he was found guilty and sentenced to serve 25 years imprisonment for the narcotic offenses and an additional 45 years for heading an International Criminal Enterprise. In 1998 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) described Rodriguez as the most powerful drug trafficker in the U.S. of his era. He is regarded as one of the wealthiest criminals in history, with an estimated net-worth of US$3.7 billion.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ DEA Congressional Testimony, October 23, 2011
  2. ^ 981 Federal Reporter 2d. 1199: United States of America vs. Jorge Alberto Rodriguez
  3. ^ Office of Foreign Assets Control: Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Notices