Drug traffickers don’t retire: the return of “Techo de Paja,” one of Pablo Escobar’s main suppliers

Bolivian Jorge Roca, arrested last month in Peru, had returned to set up a new South American cartel after 27 years in prison in the United States.

By Gustavo Sierra

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mafia law does not provide for voluntary retirement. The vast majority of capos, lieutenants and hitmen die very young. Those who remain, generally because they have spent many years in prison, may decide to step aside, but they will never be able to leave the organization.

What we are seeing now, in the case of the big drug traffickers, is that after serving long sentences, they are returning to rearm the cartels and try to occupy the place they had as big capos.

That is the case of Jorge Roca, better known as . . .

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