U.S. Marshals have arrested Gustavo Falcon, one of the infamous "Cocaine Cowboys," after more than quarter-century on the lam.
Falcon, who was living under a false identity, was apprehended on Tuesday while riding bikes with his wife near their home in a Kissimmee, Florida suburb.
Falcon assisted his brother, drug kingpin Augusto "Willie" Falcon and his partner Salvador "Sal" Magluta, in smuggling over 75 tons of cocaine into Miami during the 1980s. The drug empire hauled in more than $2 billion, and the brothers, as well as Magluta, owned cars, mansions and speed boats that they used to smuggle the cocaine.
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Falcon, now 55, has been dodging American authorities since 1991 when his brother and Magluta were indicted by a grand jury. Twenty-six years ago, when he was 29-years-old, Falcon vanished from Miami one night before his brother's indictment.
Federal officials were surprised to find him still in Florida hiding in plain sight. "Nobody thought Gustavo Falcon was still in the United States," U.S. Marshals spokesman Barry Golden said, reports ABC News.
Golden said investigators had assumed the couple had fled to Mexico or Colombia.
But the search got a major break in 2013 when Falcon was in a car accident in Orlando. He used a fake ID during the incident, which ultimately gave investigators the clue they needed to find him.
Authorities discovered fake drivers licenses at the home for both Falcon and his wife, as well as his adult children.
According to NBC News, Falcon ultimately admitted to his real identity and was booked without resistance in the Orange County Jail.