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José Rodríguez Gacha

José Rodríguez Gacha

José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha was a founding member of the Medellín Cartel.


Early Life

Gacha was born on May 14, 1947, in Pacho, Colombia. At some point, he became involved in the emerald trade. He later joined Pablo Escobar and the Ochoa brothers in forming the Medellin Cartel.


Gacha was ruthless and bloodthirsty, killing not only those who were a threat to him, but to those who just annoyed him as well. He loved his son Fredy despite the latter's spoiled behavior and tendency towards sexual violence. When his son was killed by Colombian soldiers and police officers, he was devastated, and in his anger attempted to take down the helicopter which killed his son; in doing so, he brought his own death upon himself.

Gacha was known for his love of all things Mexican, sombreros and tequila. He was nicknamed El Mexicano.

Behind the Scenes

Gacha was played by veteran Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán.