Juan David Ochoa, Founder of the Medellin Cartel, Dies / by rakontur

Juan David Ochoa

Juan David Ochoa

The eldest of the three Ochoa brothers who founded one of Colombia's most notorious cocaine cartels has died of a heart attack at age 65.

Juan David Ochoa died on Thursday at a private clinic in Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, Hospital officials and a cousin said.

Ochoa and brothers Jorge Luis and Fabio founded the infamous cartel with feared Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. But they all surrendered when the manhunt for Escobar intensified.

Ochoa turned himself in 10 months before Escobar was killed and served five years and five months. Then-Justice Minister Carlos Medellin called his 1996 release 'a national disgrace'.

He returned to the family business of raising gait horses.

While Juan David avoided extradition to the United States, his youngest brother Fabio would not. Arrested in 1999, Fabio was later sentenced to 30 years for drug trafficking.