Netflix’s newest arrival uncovers the lives of untouchable drug lords Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta during 1970s and 80s Miami, Florida. Fast forward 40 years later, Willy is surprisingly not behind bars.
Dropping out of high school to pursue a perilous yet lucrative career as a cocaine trafficker is not the usual path, but not for Augusto ‘Willy’ Falcon and Salvador ‘Sal’ Magluta.
Recognised as the one of US biggest drug crimes in history, the pair was able to avoid the Fed for numerous years.
But despite eventually being convicted for a plethora of crimes, you could say that Willy’s luck has somewhat continued.
Willy is not jailed
You’d think after transporting $2 billion worth of cocaine with a weight of 75 tons, it’d be a life sentence.
Convicted for money laundering amongst other crimes, he plead guilty to the laundering in a deal that allowed him to complete only a 26-year jail time.
Once free, he was held in an immigration facility in Louisiana while the US sought to deport him back to his native Cuba.
One problem though: Willy claimed that he could not return to the island given his finance efforts to assassinate the country’s former prime minister, Fidel Castro. So a return would equal death.
The judge rejected his argument thus deporting the then-63-year-old but luckily, he avoided the island death trap.
Through a deal with the Justice Department, Augusto agreed to stop fighting deportation if he could go to any other country and CBS News confirmed that the ex-drug lord was sent to the Dominican Republic in November 2018.
Who was Willy Falcon’s wife?
The Sun reports that Augusto ‘Willy’ Falcon married Alina Rossique in 1977 when she was 18 and he was 22.
A year after his arrest, Alina, then aged 33, was repeatedly shot in the face and killed as she left a Coral Gables beauty parlour on August 1, 1992.
Police spokesman Don Blocker claimed that her connection to Miami’s biggest drug ring played no part; it was simply a random act of street violence.