Netflix’s newest documentary chronicles the operations of Miami’s biggest drug lords, “Los Muchachos” during the 70s and 80s. 40 years later, where is Salvatore ‘Sal’ Magluta?
Sure, Narcos, Breaking Bad and How to Sell Drugs (Fast) are popular for their rendition of drug traffickers but none of them can surpass Los Muchachos at their own game.
Director Billy Corben is back to follow up his Cocaine Cowboys films with a Netflix documentary exclusively recounting the movements of notorious duo Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta.
Is Sal Magluta is jailed?
- Salvador is still serving his 195-year sentence since 1991, in ADX Florence, a supermax prison in Colorado.
Fortunately for him (but not really), his sentence was reduced from 205 years to 195; either way, he’ll never see the light of day.
Sal is currently one of 344 prisoners in the high-security location. Constructed of reinforced concrete to deter self-harm, the ex-drug lord is confined to his cell for 23 hours per day under 24-hour supervision.
The supermax prison houses some of the country’s most dangerous criminals, including Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and several Al-Qaeda terrorists.
Regarding Sal’s whereabouts, Billy said:
“Sal is in Florence, Colorado, in a supermax prison. It is the most secure prison in the United States under some of the harshest conditions in the U.S., with some of the worst terrorists and violent offenders in this country, where he will serve the next 180 some odd years and you know, he will very likely die.”
What exactly were Los Muchachos convicted of?
During their heyday, the duo raked in nearly $2 billion by importing 75 tons of cocaine into sunny Miami. Unlike most drug lords, the pair didn’t keep their presence on the down-low; instead, their ability to operate in plain view of the Feds propelled them into ‘untouchable’ status within their industry.
Sean Convoy, a supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Service in Miami, says:
“They were like gods in the doper community. ll the other smugglers talked about how invincible they were. All you’d hear was, `Willy and Sal this’ and `Willy and Sal that.’ I don’t think there was a police agency here that didn’t have something going at some time to try and catch them.
With so much cash under their sleeve, Willy and Sal were able to befriend allies in the state’s political and legal institutions, and thus evaded convictions numerous times.
Both criminals faced 17 counts with an assortment of evidence but bribery gave them a way out. By 2002, Sal was convicted of money laundering, witness tampering and bribery.
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