Jamaicans have always had a fascination with gangsters. That is why El Gringo Records boss Reece is seeking to promote a new book, Son of the Cali Cartel, in Jamaica as it sets out in riveting detail the life story of William Rodriguez Abadia, the former head of the infamous Cali Cartel in Colombia.
“I believe that it is a story that Jamaicans can relate to,” Dry said.
“We want to come to Jamaica and show the young people the dangers of organized crime; Jamaica was once a major transshipment point for cocaine so this story is relevant to Jamaicans. William’s story can change lives, he cooperated with the American authorities, forfeited all his assets, and was able to get his life back after serving several years in a state prison. He now lives a new life of spiritual growth and seeks a path of change,” Dry said.
William Rodriguez Abadia is the eldest son of Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, the co-founder of Colombia’s Cali Cartel, which was considered at one point as one of the biggest, and most infamous drug cartels in the world. Jamaica remains a major transshipment point for cocaine, and in December last year, 2000 pounds of cocaine worth over $1.1 billion was seized by local authorities in a sting operation.
Dry teamed up with Gadfly Press to publish the book.
“The book details the rise and fall of the Cali Cartel, the most powerful drug organisation in Colombia, and we want to get this message out,’ Dry said.
William studied law in Colombia, and specialized in Marketing and Business in Spain. He took over the operation when his father and uncle were incarcerated in the 1990s.
Reece Dry is a former actor as well as a music label executive. He released a dancehall trap single called ‘Can’t Get We Out’ with emerging artiste Taurus Ink in 2021, and last year, released ‘Rich Badness’ on a trap dancehall style beat with Tugga and Jah Tee.