Augusto Falcon (AKA Willy Falcon) and Sal Magluta are former Cuban-American drug kingpins, who grew up as friends in Miami, and later ran one of the most lucrative cocaine ventures in American history, before they were arrested and imprisoned in the early ‘90’s.
In addition to being a former drug dealer, Sal Magluta was a speedboat racer, internet personality, and entrepreneur. He was born Salvador Magluta in 1955 in Cuba, which makes him 67 years old as of 2022. He was raised in Miami, Florida by his parents Manuel and Gloria Magluta who owned a bakery in his hometown – they were very devoted to their careers.
Magluta attended a local primary school in Miami then Miami Senior High School – he later dropped out together with his friend Willie, to start their drug venture.
After dropping out, Sal partnered with Willie in launching a smuggling and drug business, and started by selling marijuana. In the mid ’70s, they progressed to selling cocaine, which was more expensive and profitable. Sal made all business arrangements while Willie, who was well-spoken and more eloquent, was responsible for selling and making deliveries. Over the years, their net worth grew significantly, and they bought several ‘planes and boats, which were used to conduct their business all over the US.
They opened many offshore and dummy bank accounts to keep their money safe, and for a time were at an advantage since the government, public and media couldn’t track their financial activities.
Sal also owned several successful construction and management firms, which acted as a front, and gave him extra income sources. As a speedboat racer, Sal actively participated in many national competitions, winning three, which saw him appearing on television and capturing the public’s attention. He was a member of the American Power Boat Association Commission before his detainment.
Magluta is married to Isabel, who was present in the courtroom throughout his trial. He hasn’t disclosed when they married, details regarding the wedding ceremony, and their children’s names.
Sal had a romantic affair with Marilyn Bonachea, who worked at a Magluta family-owned bakery store. Initially, Marilyn disliked Sal as she found him rude and arrogant, but she later fell in love with him and they began an affair. Sal was arrested in 1979 for a minor drug offence, and was sentenced to a year and two months in jail and five years of probation. During this time, he conducted his drug business normally despite being behind bars, as Bonachea visited him in jail, and helped him launder millions of dollars and falsify documents, as Cinemaholic has revealed.
As time went by, new evidence started pilling up, which saw him being charged for allegedly smuggling around 75kgs of cocaine, worth a whopping $2.1 billion into the US – as a result, he was sentenced to 205 years in a federal prison in 2002 for murder – it’s believed that Sal assassinated numerous judges and witnesses who issued orders or spoke against him – escapes, drug trafficking, bribery and several other charges.
His sentence was later reduced to 195 years, so he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars. Marilyn played a huge role in his conviction, as she testified against him in the court and revealed that she used to help him launder his money and falsify papers. Sal is now in Colorado’s USP Florence ADMAX.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Sal is 5ft 9ins tall (1.75m) and weighs around 143lbs (65kg). He is of mixed European and American ancestry and has short black hair and dark brown eyes.
Before he was arrested and imprisoned, Sal had made a fortune from his drug empire, and was worth approximately $500 million.
Sal’s Partner Willie Falcon
Augusto Willy Falcon was born in Cuba in 1955, so is also 67 years old as of 2022. He attended a private primary school in Cuba, and later moved to the US and joined Miami Senior High where he met Sal Magluta, and began their drug business together – the duo were better known by their nickname ‘Los Muchachos.’
Personal Life and Arrest
During the peak of his drug trafficking career, Willie wed Alina Rossique and they welcomed three children together, namely Jessica, Aileen and William Falcon. Alina was sadly shot dead in August 1992 outside a beauty parlor, at the age of 33.
Willie and Sal were put on trial in 1992, charged with drug trafficking. After a lengthy hearing, Judge Federico Moreno found them not guilty but as soon as they were released, the US Attorney’s Office ordered an investigation into the duo’s finances, and were thereafter found to have bribed the jury, and so were charged for their crimes. Sal was sentenced to life imprisonment while Willie, who struck a plea deal with the US government, was imprisoned for 20 years.
He was recently released from prison in 2017 and deported to the Dominican Republic. His brother Gustavo, who was also involved in the cocaine empire, disappeared to evade arrest and trial – he eluded the police for more that two and a half decades but was later apprehended, and during his trial in 2018, he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison, and is currently behind bars.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Willie is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs approximately 145lbs (66kg). He has a set of hazel eyes and short black hair.
Willie made a fortune from his drug smuggling business, buying his cocaine directly from the Colombian Medellin Cartel, and supplying it in the USA. He also earned from his real estate and construction companies, which he had established to launder his drug money. He is worth approximately $50 million as of 2022, as authoritative sources reveal.
Netflix recently made a documentary miniseries about Willy and Sal’s lives in the drug business called “Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami,” which aired in 2021. In addition, there is a biography entitled “The Corporation,” which is about Falcon’s life as he recounted it to its author.