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El Cartel (TV series)

El Cartel de los Sapos or El Cartel is a Colombian television series that first aired on June 4, 2008 on the Colombian network Caracol TV. It is based on the book by the same name by Andres Lopez Lopez, alias Florecita (a former drug dealer), who wrote the book during his years in prison. In his book, he writes about his experiences while in the Cartel and what happened within the Norte del Valle Cartel. In the TV series, each character from the book and the locations were changed. El Cartel stars Manolo Cardona, Karen Martinez, Diego Cadavid, and Robinson Diaz.


Ten friends enter the illegal drugs business, thinking it is the fastest way to become rich.

The illegal drugs trafficking world seems to be attractive to all these middle class people who just want to grow up in a safe way without legal problems.

Ignoring this choosing is just the beginning of a turbulent and troubled life that is going to change his fate forever, Martin alias "Fresita" gets a job in a drugs lab sponsored by the big boss Oscar Cadena (Fernando Solorzano). Martin learns really fast and he starts to send illegal drugs to the United States, while his boss makes an alliance with the Villegas Brothers, from the West Cartel, to take down the biggest drug dealer ever: Pablo Escobar.

With Escobar down, a new cartel is up: The Pacific Cartel, the most worthless in Colombia, led by Oscar Cadena, so Oscar (the teacher) and Martin (the student) make a pact of friendship and business.

Martin becomes a rich man and he falls for Sofia (Karen Martinez), a beautiful woman, but he gets her heart by lying to her. But Sofia discovers the origin of Martin's wealth and he has to choose: Sofia or the business.

Oscar helps the police to finish the West Cartel. The snitches (sapos) make the war between these criminal machineries to reach a point of breaking.

Martin refuses to take part in this war and decides to go to Miami with Sofia and his children, but what he does not know is that it is not a safe place anymore, and he must keep going with the old illegal activities, watching his old friends die by the enemy.

Business partners and brothers dead or caught, forces Martin to run to Mexico looking for protection. He realizes too late that in this business; you can never win...

So he becomes a sapo and tells his tale to the DEA.

External links

Official website

Telemundo El Cartel Website

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