Last of 'cocaine cowboys' nabbed after 26 years on the run

Back in 1991 Falcon was indicted for trafficking cocaine from Colombia to South Florida along with his drug kingpin brother Willy Falcon and co-defendant Sal Magluta. Above is the wanted flyer issued by U.S. Marshals

Back in 1991 Falcon was indicted for trafficking cocaine from Colombia to South Florida along with his drug kingpin brother Willy Falcon and co-defendant Sal Magluta. Above is the wanted flyer issued by U.S. Marshals

A South Florida fugitive who had been on the run for 26 years was arrested Wednesday in central Florida.

"He is the last of the Cocaine Cowboys", Barry Golden, spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service in Miami, said.

Golden said Falcon obtained fake driver's licenses for his family and apparently had been living in the Orlando area since 1999.

Gustavo Falcon, 55, also known as Taby, was booked into the Orlando County jail at 6:24 p.m.

The man is set to make his first court appearance on Thursday in federal court.

Since 1999, Falcon and his family had been living in the Orlando area which surprised authorities as it had always been thought he fled the country to Cuba, Mexico or Colombia.

The driver's licenses, some of which were for Falcon's wife and adult children, were listed under Miami addresses.

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Falcon went on the lam in 1991 after he, his brother Willie and Willie's partner Salvador Magluta were indicted and charged with smuggling approximately 75 tons of cocaine into the US since 1978.

During the 1980's, Falcon and his brother, Augusto "Willie" Falcon, along with Sal Magluta, trafficked large quantities of cocaine via a speedboat, from Colombia to South Florida. They watched his whereabouts while he lived in a rented Kissimmee home with his wife. His wife reportedly also had a fake I.D. They were going by the name Luis Reiss and Maria Reiss. "We figured this all out a month ago".

In the 1980s, the trio used their wealth to transport the drug on super fast speed boats from Colombian drug cartels. As for the other Falcon, authorities believed he'd managed to flee to either South America or Cuba.

His brother and Magluta went were acquitted of all charges at their trial in 1996, leading to the resignation of then-Miami U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey.

Magluta and Willie Falcon now reside in federal prison. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and could be released as early as June.

Magluta was eventually sentenced to 205 years in prison, which was reduced to 195 years in 2006, according to the Miami Herald.

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