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21 Wow Facts About Pablo Escobar

Vilified by most and adored by some, particularly in his hometown of Medellín in Colombia, Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria left behind a complex legacy. On one hand, he accumulated immense wealth first through smuggling counterfeit products and then through drug trafficking. He is in part responsible for the spread of cocaine culture and markets in the United States, as he found the most ingenious ways of shipping the drug and introducing it to the country. He was, long story short, an efficient and vicious criminal. On the other hand, he built the image of a benefactor, a man of the people. He built schools, churches and houses for the disadvantaged, a model that other capos like El Chapo Guzmán would follow.

Here’s some rare facts about the most famous cartel leader of all time, a man who even years after is death continues to be the subject of movies, narco telenovelas, TV shows and documentaries.

Escobar started his criminal career stealing cars


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Yes, he had humble beginnings in the underbelly of society. He also smuggled items such as tombstones (weird eh?) before entering narcotics trade.

He once visited the White House

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The year was 1981 and the Escobar family visited the capital of what in Latin America is known as the American Empire. A recent HBO documentary revealed this photo that shows the audacity of Escobar, who at this time was already a global leader in drug trafficking.

He was elected congressman in Colombia to seek immunity

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Escobar was a public figure in Colombia for very early on. He was even elected to the Colombian Congress seeking parliamentary immunity so he could escape a potential extradition to the United States if his cartel was ever dismantled.

He even wanted to become president of Colombia

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Pablo’s political ambition went as far as wanting to officially be the first in command in his country. However, when he was kicked off congress he told a confidant that the government was the real mafia. He desisted.

He was once considered the 7th richest man in the world

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In what was basically an insult to the Colombian government, Forbes magazine listed Don Pablo as the seventh richest man in the whole planet… wonder what place he would have had in the list had all his hidden money been accounted for.

Planes, cars and… submarines!

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Escobar has a knack for finding the most elaborate ways to get drugs into the US. When his fleet of cars, planes and boats wasn’t enough he bought a couple of subs to seal the deal.

The Medellín cartel spent $2,500 on rubber bands a month!

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Yes, someone had to keep all that cash neatly together, right? Escobar’s criminal organization made so much lana that they needed thousands of rubber bands according to Business Insider magazine.

In fact he was so rich that he bough an island in The Bahamas: Cayo Norman

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In this small piece of land he set up a high-end drug smuggling facility complete with giant freezers to keep the cocaine fresh. Of course, it has a small airport and all the amenities which of course included luxury homes for narco-style relaxing and debauchery.

Rats ate millions of dollars he stored in houses and fields

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The problem of having way too much illegal money is that the cash needs to be stored somewhere. In his heyday, Escobar would make about $420 million dollars a week, and hiding all that cash was problematic. He buried it in fields, hid it in furniture and walls. Rats would get to it, but he didn’t really seemed to care.

In his prime, Escobar smuggled 15 tons of cocaine a day into the US. This is what that amount looks like:

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This is an enormous amount of powder. The price went up immediately after entering US soil, which explains why Escobar amassed such an enormous fortune during his lifetime.

The hippos he owned escaped and are now reproducing in Colombia

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Needless to say, 3-ton hippos are not supposed to live in Colombia, but when the kingpin was shot his pet hippos were forgotten and are now roaming the area where Hacienda Napoles used to be. There are about 30 of them and are causing real problems in the ecosystem.

His hacienda is now a Jurassic Park

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Pablo Escobar’s state was seized by the Colombian authorities after his death. The kingpin’s beloved Hacienda Napoles was converted into a thematic park featuring real-size dinosaur sculptures.

He built 70 community soccer fields

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Escobar loved building a Robin Hood persona, which kept him safe in his city. He was a big soccer fan and he built dozens of soccer fields for the youth.

But he was far from a good guy: he is responsible for the killing of 200 judges and 1,000 police, journalists, and government officials.

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Escobar’s iron rule went from worse to worst during his reign as the leading trafficker in the world. Innumerable human right’s violations were perpetrated by Escobar’s men or by others as a consequence of the drug war.

Javier Bardem was nominated for a Goya (the Spanish Oscars) for playing him…

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The Spanish actor played Don Pablo in a 2017 movie that follows his romance with TV reporter Virginia Vallejo (played by Penelope Cruz), who wrote the memoir on which the movie is based.

He briefly met El Chapo

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The two biggest drug lords in history had a very brief encounter a couple of years before Escobar was killed. El Chapo was then an up and coming member of the Guadalajara Cartel. If we believe the recent El Chapo TV show, Escobar was impressed with the young man from Sinaloa.

Escobar married in 1976, aged 27… his bride was just 15

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A 12-year difference between spouses is not that strange, but it gets kind of iffy when the bride is basically a teenager.

Narcotourism in his hometown is a booming business

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Believe it or not, there are tours where visitors can sleep in Escobar’s state, see his collection of cars and roam the streets where he built his cartel. Even though Colombia wants to clean its public image, the legacy of drug culture persists.

He was shot a day after his 44th birthday. Talk about timing!

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It is believed that Escobar had a longer conversation with his son than what he generally allowed himself to avoid being tracked. This happened a day after his 44th birthday. Ten minutes later the DEA and the Colombian special forces were onto him.

He died of a police shot in the head… or did he?

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The official version argues that Escobar died of one last fatal shot in the head by the Colombian police (what Netflix’s show Narcos showed), but his son has declared that the final bullet indicated suicide. We will never know the truth.

More than 25,000 people attended his funeral

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Don Pablo was revered by thousands, and his funeral in December 1993 was attended by friends, family and the people he helped. Night and day up until his very last day.

El Chapo’s Mother Claims That The US Illegally Extradited Her Son And She Wants Him Back

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El Chapo’s Mother Claims That The US Illegally Extradited Her Son And She Wants Him Back

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El Chapo’s mother has reportedly asked Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to bring her son back from U.S. federal custody. María Consuelo Loera Pérez, El Chapo’s mother, claims that the U.S. illegally extradited her son from Mexico.

María Consuelo Loera Pérez, El Chapo’s mom, wants her son brought back to Mexico.

According to Daily Mail, El Chapo’s mother sent a letter to President López Obrador claiming to have information that proves that the U.S illegally extradited her son. In the letter, Loera Pérez argues that her attorneys have sufficient proof that the U.S. acted inappropriately and is asking President López Obrador to bring El Chapo back to serve his sentence in Mexican custody.

It is alleged that Loera Pérez’s attorneys are already in talks to bring El Chapo back to Mexico.

Some people have been able to find humor in the news. El Chapo was extradited and eventually convicted by U.S. authorities on a series of felonies tied to his participation in the drug trade. His involvement in cartel activities in Mexico that spilled into the U.S. led to his extradition and sentencing in U.S. custody.

The news comes after a viral video showed AMLO visiting with El Chapo’s mother.

The video, allegedly taken in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico, shows AMLO walking up and greeting Loera Pérez as she sits in a car. He can allegedly be heard telling her not to get out of the car and that he did get her letter. The mention of the letter does lend credibility to the claims of El Chapo’s mother fighting to bring him back. However, it is unclear what the letter he mentioned addressed.

The video is drawing strong reactions from people as AMLO is violating social distancing guidelines set forth to combat COVID-19.

AMLO has been panned for leaving Mexico exceptionally vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic by not moving quickly enough to set restrictions. Health authorities in Mexico are urging all 130 million citizens to stay indoors and to only leave on essential business.

Some people are more upset with the fact AMLO met with El Chapo’s mother.

“In this case, the least of the problems is the social distancing for Covid19,” @archibaldo53 tweeted. “The true problem is the significance of this visit that clarifies our doubt completely and finds López in relations with these people.”

El Chapo is currently serving a life sentence in U.S. federal custody. He was sentenced to life by a Federal District Court in Brooklyn for his drug, murder, and money laundering charges.

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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2 Picks Up Where We Left Off With Félix Gallardo And The Guadalajara Cartel

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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2 Picks Up Where We Left Off With Félix Gallardo And The Guadalajara Cartel

Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo is known as the padrino of Mexican narcotrafficking. As drug authorities were operating farther and tougher throughout Florida, Colombian drug cartels began to use Mexico to move their drugs. Félix Gallardo capitalized on this change in the drug trade and created a drug trafficking empire in Mexico.

Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo was the leader of the Guadalajara Cartel.

The Guadalajara Cartel was established in the 1980s and was one of the first cartels in Mexico to operate with the Colombian cartels. The Guadalajara Cartel flourished in the cocaine trade, though their crimes extend to murder, money laundering, torture, arms trading, and extortion.

One thing that set the Guadalajara Cartel apart was that the organization took a 50 percent cut of cocaine the smuggled into Mexico from Colombia. The cartel knew the value of the cocaine and they used the drugs they received from Colombia to beef up their criminal empire in Mexico.

At its peak, the Guadalajara Cartel was operating in numerous territories across the country. The cartel was operating in Tijuana, Juarez, Sinaloa, Jalisco, and Sonora.

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The Guadalajara Cartel was a force to be reckoned with in the 1980s. The cartel’s power was short-lived, however. The crime organization was established in 1980 and eventually fell apart by 1989.

Yet, the first major downfall for the cartel was the murder of undercover DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. The agent, who managed to infiltrate deep into the cartel, led an operation in 1984 to bust a 2,500-acre marijuana plantation in Chihuahua, Mexico called “Rancho Búfalo.”

The following year, Félix Gallardo ordered the kidnapping of Camarena and tortured the agent for 30 hours before he was killed. The following year, two of Félix Gallardo’s closet companions were arrested for the murder.

After keeping a low profile for years, Félix Gallardo moved with his family to Guadalajara City in 1987. He lived in peace until he was arrested by authorities on April 8, 1989, and charged with the murder and several other crimes connected to the cartel by both the Mexican and U.S. governments.

There is even a narcocorrido believed to be about the drug lord.

Los Tigres Del Norte released an album called “Jefe de Jefes” and the titular song is believed to be inspired by Félix Gallardo. The album, released in 1997, became the group’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

Fans are very excited to see the next season of “Narcos: Mexico

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The “Narcos” series has captured the fascination of Netflix’s audience. At first, the show was in Colombia following the rise and fall of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. “Narcos: Mexico” is the continuation of that story with the narcotrafficking in Mexico.

Make sure you check out Netflix on Feb. 13 for the new series of “Narcos: Mexico.”

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Who else is excited to finally see this new season?

You can watch the full trailer for the show below!

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