By Myriam Silva-Warren
Tampa Media Group
Published: December 7, 2014
Once heir to one of the most feared criminal organizations in the world, William Rodriguez-Abadia has come full circle to open a window for the world on the history of Colombia’s drug wars.
Rodriguez-Abadia, son of Cali Cartel kingpin Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, has just penned “I Am the Son of the Cali Cartel,” an autobiographical account of his days growing up amid organized crime to become the cartel’s legal counsel.
“I decided to write because I got tired of other people writing my story. I appear in more than eight books, my dad is in over 15, and what they have done is to turn this into a myth,” Rodriguez-Abadia said in a recent interview with Tampa Media Group.
After serving five years in federal prison — his sentence was reduced from 20 years because he cooperated with federal investigators — Rodriguez-Abadia, 48, now lives in Weston, in suburban Broward County. He has decided to “put everything in black and white” to gain some peace of mind.
“My book is not about excuses. Its purpose is to accept responsibility. I was 30 when I decided to take the reins of the organization, in political and financial affairs, and I could’ve said no,” Rodriguez-Abadia said. “But I didn’t. I wanted the power.”