On August 26, 1999, at Bogota International Airport, Colombia, a police officer walks through crates filled with cocaine. Police discovered 300 kilograms of cocaine that were to be shipped to Mexico as cargo on an Avianca flight. (AP Photo/Scott Dalton) The president at the time, Ernesto Samper, called the arrest of Gilberto in June, who was hiding in a secret compartment in a luxurious Cali house, “the beginning of the end for the Cali cartel.” The two agreements then participated in other joint ventures, such as the creation of Muerte a Secuestradores (MAS), which successfully removed Ochoas` sister, Marta Nieves Ochoa, from the crowd. Before the success of MAS, cartels and independent smugglers would find themselves. In 1993, U.S. Customs again struck the Cali cartel and this time confiscated 5,600 kilograms while pursuing Raul Marti, the only remaining member of the Miami cell that no longer existed. It is assumed that these successive raids forced the cartel to cheat on its shipments across Mexico; But that did not stop the U.S. Customs Service. Three seagoing vessels were intercepted in 1993 for a total of 17,000 kilograms.  While the Medellin cartel was known for mass smuggling, particularly with planes travelling to Florida, “the Cali cartel would hide a lot of coke in large cargo containers, in cement, in heavy machinery that was very difficult to detect,” he added. Such methods exist among human traffickers in Colombia and elsewhere. The leaders of the Cali cartel tried to kill Escobar by kissing mercenaries during a failed attempt on his life in 1989 and by supporting a paramilitary group that brought down its De Medellin cartel in the early 1990s.
Over the past two months, the leaders of the Cali cartel have held at least two summits at which about 100 drug traffickers have met to discuss their future. It is believed that in the 1980s, the two cartels cooperated to some extent, organized an armed group to fight the kidnappers and worked to stabilize the drug market and distribute territories to the United States – the Medellin cartel conquered Miami and southern Florida, while the Cali cartel controlled New York and parts of the northeast. But the cartel`s lack of direct confrontation with the state admires its power, according to a foreign drug expert in Bogota. She said the cartel controlled 40 to 50 percent of the Colombian Congress and that its power in Cali was full. Until recently, cartel members performed openly at parties, restaurants and nightclubs in Cali. There was no turning back for Salcedo. The Colombian government called him a criminal who now works for the Cali cartel, and his employers did not let him go anyway.   Salcedo then engaged in security management for the Orejuela family, but was then forced to witness the execution of four Panamanians and instructed him to organize the murder of Guillermo Pallomari, their own cartel accountant.  Salcedo was faced with the choice: kill with his family or risk being killed.
 Salcedo then decided to return the favor and save Himself and Pallomari by contacting the United States Central Intelligence Agency and working as an informant.   This turned out to be a fatal blow to the Cali cartel.  For his service, Salcedo and his large family were transferred to the United States and received rewards of approximately $1.7 million.   In early 1997, a DEA spokeswoman called Miami “the North American headquarters of the South American cartels.”