Interesting Facts About Pablo Escobar: “The King Of Cocaine!”

Pablo Escobar was a well-known notorious drug lord who nurtured his empire grew such lengths that he became one of the most powerful individuals in the world. This is primarily because he shook the foundations of both the Colombian and American societies through drug trafficking and violence. If you were born after the 90s, or you’ve been living under a rock, Pablo, at one point was the leading drug dealer in the world.
He sold lots of drugs, made mountains of cash and was quite ruthless. He might have been the “Henry Ford of Cocaine,” greater than Capone ever was, and the man who modernized the global drug trades.
Now, more than two decades after his death, the release of Netflix’s Narcos series has re-ignited huge interest in the world’s richest—and most notorious—drug dealer, Pablo Escobar. Once the leader of the Medellin Cartel, the biggest criminal organization the world has ever known, Pablo remains a fascinating figure.
From the pictures, you are more likely to mistake Escobar for a lazy uncle who needs you to get him a bottle of beer before he tries to joke with you. But, in reality, Pablo was a terrifying man, responsible for countless ruined lives and thousands of deaths. What type of man was he? Let’s explore more interesting facts about this incredibly wealthy and powerful criminal.
1. Before he became a drug dealer, Escobar stole cars, sold fake lottery tickets and contraband cigarettes and even earned $100,000 as ransom after kidnapping a Medellin executive. In the 1970s, Escobar joined the drug trade. In 1975, he murdered a local drug lord Fabio Restrepo, took over the leadership of his organization and expanded the operations. Soon Pablo controlled all crimes in Medellin and was responsible for 80 percent of the cocaine which was transported to the US.
2. Pablo had Robin Hood’s image among the poor people. He donated millions to schools, parks, football stadiums, churches, and hospitals in western Colombia. He distributed cash to the poor through various housing projects and other civic activities. In 1982, Pablo was elected as a deputy representative to the House of Representatives of Colombia’s Congress.
3. At first, Escobar used to smuggle cocaine in old plane tires, and the pilot of the plane could earn as much as 500,000 pounds based on the quantity smuggled. At one point, it’s estimated that Pablo 70-80 tons of cocaine every month to the US. Aside from the planes, Pablo’s cartel also used two small remote-controlled submarines to smuggle the massive load of drugs.
4. Escobar way of handling his enemies was “plata o plomo,” meaning silver or lead. If a person got in his way, Pablo would first try to bribe him, and if it did not work then, he ordered that individual to be executed. He was responsible for several killings including those of Colombian presidential candidates, a justice minister, an attorney general, over 200 judges, more than 1000 police officers, and several journalists.
5. At the height of its enormous power, the Medellin drug cartel led by Pablo was smuggling fifteen tons of cocaine daily, worth more than 500,000 dollars, only to the US. Pablo became one of the richest people in the world.
Having more illegal cash than he could deposit in the banks, he stored bricks of cash in his warehouse where he lost 10 percent of it since water would damage it or rats would eat it.
His accountant revealed that they spent $2500 every month only to buy rubber bands to wrap around their cash. By the mid-80’s, Pablo was one of the most influential people in the world. In 1989 Forbes magazine ranked him as the seventh-richest person in the world with an individual wealth of close to $25 billion. He could kill anybody, anytime, anywhere.
6. After the assassination of a presidential candidate, the Gaviria government began to act against Pablo and his drug cartel. They persuaded him to surrender in exchange for a reduced jail term and proper treatment in prison.
Pablo was held in a luxurious private prison known as La Catedral. Surprisingly, he continued his drug dealings and other criminal activities from within the prison and thus the authorities had to shift him to a different cell. Escobar discovered the plan and made an unhurried escape.

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