The end of a notorious drug lord (1993)

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

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Some say he was a business genius or a modern Robin Hood. Others called him the impersonated devil. Today in 1993 Pablo Escobar, leader of the Medellín drug cartel, got shot, only one day after his 44th birthday.

Get bribed or get killed
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, born in Rionegro, Columbia was already a street rascal at a young age, doing all kinds of dirty jobs such as stealing tombstones and cars. He killed a local drug lord and took over his business. Escobar’s Medellín cartel supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled worldwide and made $21.9 billion a year. To achieve such wealth, He got rid of a large number of opponents. His motto was ‘Plata o Plomo’. Literally it’s translated as ‘Silver or Lead’, meaning ‘take my money as a bribe, or get killed.’

Eventually Escobar was imprisoned by his government. But not after he build his own deluxe prison, from where he could keep on doing business as usual. When the government wanted to place him somewhere else he escaped. He got shot December 2, 1993. Some say he was shot by Colombian authorities, but his relatives claim he shot himself through the ear in an attempt to elude the police.

360 trivial fact
According to Roberto Escobar, Pablo’s brother, the cartel made so much money they needed to hide, that they spent an estimated $2500 a month on rubber bands, to hold stacks of dollar bills together.


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