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The North Coast Cartel ( ) was a drug cartel operating in northern Colombiamarker mostly controlling the area of the Colombian Caribbean coast illegal drug trade flow from other regions of Colombia and neighboring countries and local production. The North Coast Cartel was headed by Alberto Orlandez-Gamboa "Caracol" (the snail) who was arrested on June 6, 1998 and extradited later to the United Statesmarker where he pleaded guilty for numerous drug-related crimes. Other notable members of the North Coast cartel were the Arana Nasser family clan whom owned several assets in Barranquillamarker some 270 properties including the luxurious Hotel El Prado.[549572] The most prominent members of the clan were Sheila Arana and husband Julio Cesar Nasser David, she was captured in Switzerland and then extradited to the United states in September 1994. She accepted being responsible for sending to the United States some 30 shipments of cocaine and marihuana between 1976 and 1994. Her husband was also covered by the extradition but he died shortly of natural causes.[549573][549574] Their son Jorge Nasser Arana was killed by gunmen in Barranquilla[549575] while other members of the clan like Jairo Arana and José David Hasbun were absolved by justice. Carlos Alberto Nasser Arana continues as a fugitive.[549576]

Other members

  • Cursis Antonio Gonzalez aka "Crusito Gonzalez", assassinated in a commercial establishment in Barranquilla by gunment, he was a collaborator of Alberto Orlande Gamboa aka "El Caracol". He was killed after the extradition of this last one.[549577]

  • Gustavo Salazar Bernal, killed in Cartagenamarker on August 30, 2001 by gunman Jhon Fredy Orrego Marín who was associated to the Norte del Valle Cartel. He was killed for being responsible for "losing" a shipment of drugs bounded to Europe. His brother Hernando was also killed by the Norte del Valle Cartel.[549578]

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