Bringing Down the Cali Cartel

Friday, June 24, 2011

Investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man forced to risk everything to escape the powerful and treacherous Cali crime syndicate. Rempel’s book At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel tells how Jorge Salcedo, a part-time soldier, engineer, respected businessman, and family man, joined the Cali cartel and became the head of security for its principal godfather. After receiving an order that he can’t obey—but can’t refuse—Jorge realizes that his only way out is to bring down the biggest, richest crime syndicate of all time.


William C. Rempel

Comments [3]

Henry from NJ

What about the U.S. military presence?

Is it true that where we increase our military presence... narco-trafficking increases also?

Jun. 24 2011 12:31 PM
spell checker

Unless there is a previously concealed upsurge in organized crime at the Ivy League in Harlem, I do believe that your introductory paragraph -- on the WNYC home page box for "listen now" and at the top of the page for today's show -- should be "Colombia's Cali cartel," and not, as it currently reads, "Columbia's Cali cartel."

The Lopate Show responds: Thanks for catching that. It should be fixed now.

Jun. 24 2011 12:09 PM
Patrick from Bronx

The Cali cartel rose to power in the Colombian underworld soon after the death of Pablo Escobar and the fall of the Medellin cartel. Was there anyone in the Cali organization who could compare to Escobar?

Jun. 24 2011 05:40 AM

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