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|Net Worth||$ 45,000,000|
|Real name||Augusto Guillermo “Willy” Falcon|
|Source of Wealth||Drug Smuggling|
|Date of Birth||Sep 1, 1955|
|Height||173 cm / 5 ft 8 inch|
Falcon was born on September 1, 1955, as Augusto Guillermo “Willy” Falcon in Havana, Cuba. Willie spent almost ten years of his childhood in Havana until the Cuban Revolution was too much for them to handle, and they migrated to the United States in 1961.
Willie grew up in Little Havana, Miami, where he attended Miami Senior High School. Shortly before graduating, he and his childhood friend Sal Magluta  dropped out of high school to sell drugs.
This drug dealing thing started as a part-side gig for Willie and Sal since they were only teenagers, trying to make a little more money.
In the early 1970s, Willie and Sal began smuggling small doses of drugs from Colombia, specifically cocaine, into the US.
Although they started small and shy, they were really good at what they were doing, so their operation grew very large in almost no time.
They became one of the biggest, most successful cocaine smuggling criminals in the history of drug trafficking.
In the following decade, they became one of the largest cocaine dealers in the world, making more than 2 billion dollars in cash and accumulating so many other assets and businesses like a seafood company, private construction companies, management companies, and multiple nightclubs.
These drug lords used their wealth and power to buy off law enforcement and the government as protection for their operations, and they called themselves cocaine cowboys- the kings of Miami.
However, in the late early 1990s, the FBI finally caught and arrested Falcon and his business partner, Magluta. Sal and Falcon weren’t imprisoned for that long since the police couldn't find enough evidence for a long sentence.
But, finally, in 2003, they were charged with drug trafficking, money laundering, murder, and racketeering. In 2017, Falcon was released and has kept a low profile since.
Director Billy Corben’s Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami is a six-part series that revisits the notorious case of Augusto “Willy” Falcon and Salvador “Sal” Magluta. These are two Cuban migrants who were indicted for smuggling over 75 tons of cocaine into the US in the 1980s.
These are allegedly the chief distributors for two of Colombia’s largest cartels, and I say “allegedly” very lightly since we already know that they were caught and sentenced.
The childhood friends grossed a whopping $2 billion fortune, earning them the nickname “Los Muchachos” and their spot in Miami’s elite circles.
Federal prosecutors caught on and dubbed their drug ring the largest on the East Coast and one of the five biggest in the world, while at the time of their arrest in October 1991, the men were found to be in control of $2.1 billion in assets.
Willie Falcon was released from prison in June 2017 at 62, and he was immediately sent to the Dominican Republic because he was afraid for his safety if he returned to Cuba.
But the Dominican Republic wasn’t happy to have him either. He left the country after being scared for safety, and his whereabouts are unclear.
Alina Falcon was a woman who was sadly shot and killed when she was leaving a beauty parlor in Coral Gables in August 1992. After leaving the beauty parlor, she was gruesomely shot in the face multiple times and died at the crime scene.
Alina was 33 years old when she died. She was married to Augusto Falcon, and they had three children together. Police said that it appeared to be random violence, and several people were arrested for the crime.
People are speculating that Alina was also a part of Falcon’s cocaine clan and the shooting was revenge for all the witnesses that were murdered and bribed for their silence.
But was it an accidental shooting if she was shot in the face? However, we can only speculate since the case is already closed, and already three suspects have been arrested, including a 15-year-old boy.
Augusto Guillermo “Willie” Falcon is a former drug lord who was part of a gang called “The Cocaine Cowboys” or “Los Muchachos.” He was charged with drug trafficking, kidnapping, and bribing witnesses.
He was arrested in 1991 and charged in 2003. Willie Falcon spent 14 years in prison, and he was released in 2017 at the age of 62. Willie Falcon’s net worth is estimated at $44-45 million.
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