‘Narcos’ Season 3 Release Date & Spoilers: Why the Cali Cartel is Deadlier than Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel

By Michelle Guanzon / 2017.04.20

Pablo Escobar’s death has given the Cali Cartel a bigger opportunity to feed the hungry cocaine-infested society, and in “Narcos” Season 3, fans will get to see a new villain which is more pervasive and insidious according to the showrunner.

Escobar was no doubt a charming yet tough villain who is hard to bid goodbye, mainly thanks to the myth and Wagner Moura’s critically praised performance. However, the Cali Cartel is set to start a more dangerous war centered on cocaine and politics as it is a drug crime syndicate which upped the drug trade.

According to showrunner Eric Newman, the Cali Cartel had a “corruptive influence that went way beyond the outlaw.”

"They bought the presidency of Colombia in 1994. They were insiders, and it’s very much a response to the level of violence that the hunt for Escobar brought to Colombia,” Newman told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re inheriting an administration in government and populous in Colombia that were tired of the violence and that changed the way they were going to wage the war, so it’s a more complicated environment in ways. It’s difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys."

According to history, the Cali Cartel rise up to power after the Medellin Cartel’s down with Pablo Escobar’s death. At the peak of Cali Cartel’s power, the organization has brought about 90 percent of cocaine sales worldwide which was possible due to their powerful connections with military and political organization in different countries most specifically in United States and Russia.

During the final episode of “Narcos” Season 2, it hinted complex system of the crime organization and DEA noted that cocaine sales increased massively since Escobar’s death.  

All the Cali Cartel’s drug contribution and how it affects the politics worldwide will be revealed more on “Narcos” Season 3. Netlfix has yet to announced the official release date.

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