'Cocaine cowboy' who hid for 26 years pleads guilty

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Miami — After 26 years as a fugitive, the so-called last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys" has pleaded guilty to a decades-old drug charge.

Gustavo Falcon pleaded guilty on Thursday in Miami federal court to a single cocaine distribution conspiracy charge. Under a plea deal, the 56-year-old Falcon could get a sentence in April of no more than 14 years if the judge agrees.

Falcon vanished in 1991 when he was charged along with his older brother Augusto "Willie" Falcon, Salvador "Sal" Magluta and others. The gang purportedly smuggled around 68 000kg of cocaine into the US and made about $2bn in the hyper-violent 1980s "Miami Vice" era.

Falcon was arrested by US Marshals in April near Orlando, where he lived under an alias with his wife. She was not charged.

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