Pedro Avilés Pérez

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Pedro Avilés Pérez
Born(1938-07-13)July 13, 1938
DiedSeptember 15, 1978(1978-09-15) (aged 40) [2]
Culiacan, Sinaloa
Cause of deathShot by Federal Police
NationalityMexican
CitizenshipMexican
Occupation Drug trafficking
Known for Drug lord; pioneered the use of aircraft to smuggle drugs to the United States
Partner(s) Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, Rafael Caro Quintero

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