Andreas Villeral

A Columbian politician


The man who is now the vice president of Columbia, hardly has a distinguished past. As a silent and shadowy partner of the late drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, Villeral’s hands are as dirty as anyone’s could possibly be in the narcotics wars of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Villeral the number two man to Escobar, a notorious Colombian drug lord who, paradoxically, was both a ruthless Machiavellian despot and a national hero. At the height of their careers the cartel supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. If Escobar was called “The King of Cocaine”, then Villarel was the second richest man in Columbia, and the two of them were the wealthiest criminals in history, with an estimated known net worth of US$50 billion by the early 1990s, and approximately US$100 billion when including money that was buried in different places throughout Colombia.

When the narcotics wars went deep and dirty, one man was at the forefront of the attacks. Vincente Rojas was one of the few men in the 1990’s who was not afraid of Escobar and Villarel and formed one task force after another to dismantle and destroy the empire that had been built.

It was a long battle, with many, many casualties with increasing brutality and revenge killings involved as well as double crossing at every turn. As Escobar became increasingly angry and vengeful, he ordered Villarel to do the unthinkable – kidnap and kill Rojas’ wife, Anna Maria and his infant daughter, Gloriana.

In an amazing stroke of luck, however, when Villarel pulled the trigger on Rojas’ family, his bullet struck Anna Maria and the second bullet struck Anna Maria again, missing the infant. Thinking both had been killed, Villarel had no time to check his work as forces had closed in and a massive firefight had begun with Villarel escaping in the chaos. Since many of the federal agents were killed, the locals found the baby, Gloriana and raised her with nobody the wiser.

Villarel, however, was far more fortunate than his partner Escobar. Everyone knew that he was Escobar’s right hand man but nothing could be proven in a court of law. Villarel carried on Escobar’s populist mantle and within a few years had found himself voted into office on a wave of pro-Escobar sentiment. A few years and several bribes later, Eillarel found himself as the vice president of Columbia, merely waiting his turn to ascend the presidency, as is custom.

However, Rojas waits, ready to avenge of the death of his wife and the suspected death of his infant daughter, Gloriana.

Andreas Villeral

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