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Sun, 2017-Sep-03 01:47 UTC
Length - 2:05
Welcome to popular Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of a popular Wikipedia page every day.
With 156,086 views on Saturday, 02 September 2017 our article of the day is Cali Cartel.
The Cali Cartel was a drug cartel based in southern Colombia, around the city of Cali and the Valle del Cauca Department. Its founders were the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers, Gilberto and Miguel, and José Santacruz Londoño, also known as "Chepe". They broke away from Pablo Escobar and his Medellin associates in the late 1980s when Hélmer Herrera, also known as "Pacho", joined what became a four-man executive board that ran the cartel.
With connections to British mercenaries, allies among countries, countless spies and informants in the government and its vast intelligence and surveillance network throughout the city of Santiago de Cali, the cartel was once renowned and compared to the Russian KGB by the DEA, calling it "The most powerful crime syndicate in history", later called "The Cali KGB".
At the height of the Cali Cartel's reign, they were cited as having control over 90% of the world's cocaine market and for being directly responsible for the growth of the cocaine market in Europe, controlling 90% of the market. By the mid-1990s, the trafficking empire of the Cali Cartel was a multibillion-dollar enterprise.
This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 01:47 UTC on Sunday, 03 September 2017.
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