Miami Vice Era Officially Over
The Miami Vice era went out with a whimper today as Willy Falcon was sentenced to 20 years in jail and a $1 million fine for his cocaine activities in Miami in the 1980's. The sentence and fine were part of a plea bargain. Falcon paid the fine last week, but came up $270 short. Then it was discovered that $400 of bills were counterfeit. His lawyers made up the shortfall.
Falcon's partner, Sal Magluta, was sentenced to life in prison some years ago. Police say the two earned $2 billion from turning Miami into the cocaine capital of the nation. They spent $20 million on lawyers for themselves and their associates during more than a decade of legal travails.
Their story is actually a lot more interesting than the article makes it sound. Here's what we remember:
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