Notorious drug dealer who was part of huge criminal empire is found hiding in bushes in Miami after a massive manhunt, after going on the lam 4 years ago
Fugitive drug dealer Mario ‘cocaine cowboy’ Gonzalez, 53, was arrested Friday night after leading U.S. Marshals on a hair-raising chase in Florida’s Southwest Miami-Dade County
In 1993, Gonzalez tried to run over U.S. Marshals in a car and survived a hail of bullets
K-9 officer found Gonzalez hiding inside a set of bushes in manhunt involving two helicopters and nearly 40 officers were after he eluded them on an ATV
Gonzalez was on the run since 2014 was captured found with a semiautomatic weapon and cash
Mario Gonzalez, part of the ‘cocaine cowboys’ drug ring who once survived over a hundred bullets being fired at him, was captured by authorities Friday night after eluding the law for four years
A cocaine dealer who once survived a hail of over 100 bullets in 1993 and was part of a drug ring that brought billions of dollars in drugs in the U.S. was finally brought to justice after four years on the run.
Mario Gonzalez, 53, a drug dealer who has survived and eluded serious attempts at recapture by authorities was arrested Friday night after going on the run after his release from prison in 2014.
Two helicopters and nearly 40 officers were involved in tracking down Gonzalez after he eluded them on an ATV, leading U.S. Marshals on an outlandish chase Friday night in a Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood.
Gonzalez was found with a semiautomatic weapon and cash.
Much as he did in July 1993 when the then 29-year-old drug dealer tried to run U.S. Marshals over with a Chevrolet Blazer through a hail of bullets, Gonzalez again survived a a barrage of 134 bullets from deputies’ guns with only minor injuries, before his capture and arrest, Friday.
Mario Gonzalez, part of the ‘cocaine cowboys’ drug ring who in the previous encounter survived over a hundred bullets being fired at him, was captured by authorities Friday after four years on the run.
In 1993, Gonzalez was wanted on drug and weapons charges – when authorities cornered him, he tried to escape by running them over in a vehicle. When he was captured, he was found with a pipe bomb and a gun.
Gonzalez was subsequently convicted on a rash of charges and spent nearly two decades in jail.
Under the sway of Griselda Blanco, aka “the Godmother”, the bloodthirsty Miami drug kingpin of the 1970s and ’80s, the ring of drug dealers known as the ‘Cocaine cowboys’ combined to traffic cocaine into the United States in conjunction with Colombian drug cartels.
Photo from Miami’s drug smuggling heyday of the 1980s when the infamous “Cocaine Cowboys,” reigned supreme
Wild, wild South: Two tons of Colombian cocaine worth an estimated $175 million, seized at a Miami warehouse by U.S. Customs and DEA agents March, 1982
They were popularized by a documentary film of the same name in 2006.
In the 1980s, the cocaine cowboys smuggled 75 tons of the drug into the country and made over $2 billion.