5 Things You Need to Know About the Cali Cartel Before Narcos Season 3 & 4

The blow must go on.

The world of drug lords and narcotic trafficking may seem quite complex for those who aren’t the “King of Cocaine”, Pablo Escobar. But, if Making A Murderer has taught us anything, it’s that with a little Netflix and research, you can become an expert in just about anything.

With television shows like Breaking Bad and Narcos holding mainstream status, an interest in drug distribution drama has definitely peaked.

Only days after the season two premiere on Friday, the drug trade drama series has been given a two-season renewal, with season 3 coming in 2017, according to an announcement made this morning. If you haven’t brushed up on your Colombian history or finished the latest season, the trailer above might give away some spoilers of what’s to come.

To expand your viewing pleasure, here are 5 facts you (probably) didn’t know about the Cali Cartel, the rumoured focus point in Narcos upcoming 3rd and 4th season.

The Cartel was a Band of Brothers.

The Cali Cartel originated in 1977 by the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers, Gilberto and Miguel, and José Santacruz Londoño in Cali, Colombia. The brothers estranged themselves from Pablo Escobar and his Medellin associates in the late 1980s, when Hélmer “Pacho” Herrera joined as an executive board member.

The group’s nickname was “Cali’s Gentlemen.”

In 1989, New York Times published an article on the cartel, stating, “While the Cali cartel may be more inclined to limit murder to discipling disloyal members and bushwhacking the competition, an American official said, its members are not to be mistaken for ‘nice people.’”

It all started with marijuana.

The group was initially trafficking marijuana, but wasn’t making much profit. That’s when the starter group shifted their focus to a more lucrative drug, cocaine, and later, heroin.

They were big investors.

The cartel tediously invested its assests into legitimate business endeavors, along with front companies to cloak the money. In 1996, it was speculated that the Cartel was grossing $7 billion in annual revenue from just the US alone.

The Cartel started a “River Of Death”.

In his book End of Millennium, Manuel Castells claims the Cali Cartel had participated in a “social cleansing” of hundreds of “desechables”. This term included prostitutes, petty thieves, street children, homosexuals and the homeless. The bodies of those brutally murdered were often tossed into the Cauca River, which later became known as the River of Death.

The definite end of the notorious Cali cocaine cartel inevitably came in 2006, in Miami with all parties pleading guilty, landing them each a 30 year sentence in federal prison.

Better get binging.