The story of the fall of the Cali Cartel

August 29th, 2011

Fathom events is re-releasing Scarface for one night only, this Wednesday. It's interesting to look at that movie in light of today's drug war in Mexico. It seems that not a week goes by without another story about the scope of that drug war and the endless killing and corruption that’s destroying much of the social fabric of that country. But this drug war didn’t spring full blown. In many ways it was a direct result of the Colombian drug wars of the 1980's and 1990’s.

While it’s been good for Columbia to shed those wars, it’s certainly been a heavy price for Mexico. What's worth looking at is how did Columbia put an end it’s war, trafficking and the infamous Cali Cartel. Much of the answer lies in the hands of one man...Joge Salcedo. A part time soldier, an engineer, businessman and family man, he risked it all to change the course of Colombian history. William Rempel, in At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel tells us the full story of Salcedo and the drugs wars. My conversation with William Rempel: