Jung-Lehder relationship (before it turned sour) led George to
Pablo Escobar, the notorious Medellin
(scroll down 70%) "drug lord" who was in need of an
American contact. At the height of his power, Escobar was one
of the richest men in the world. His money came from the cocaine
the former high school football star from Weymouth, Massachusetts,
became the Medellin Cartels American contact. Along the
way, he also became the star of the illegal American drug trade,
importing about 85% of the cocaine Americans consumed in the late
70s and 80s.
the time he ended up in Otisville federal prison, where he is
today, George made (and lost) about $100 million in the cocaine
the time Carlos ended up in prison (his current whereabouts are
apparently a government secret), he had successfully dropped his
cocaine bomb on America.
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Lehder to George Jung
was a fateful meeting that would lead to dire consequences for
many people. George Jung, doing time for smuggling marijuana,
met Carlos Lehder,* doing time for smuggling cars across the US/Canadian
a few years of their discharge from Danbury Correctional Facility,
Jung and his cell mate Lehder (who was also serving time for marijuana
possession) found a way to do business together. Carlos had a
plan: To flood America with cocaine which would destroy the political
and moral structure of the United States.
Carlos liked to say (scroll down 60%): Cocaine was the atomic
bomb, and he was going to drop it on America.
he met Carlos at the Danbury prison, George knew nothing about
cocaine. It didnt take him long to learn he could make a
lot of money smuggling it, however. Carlos painted a very convincing
picture. And he had a very elaborate plan that included a base
of operations in the Bahamas - on Norman's Cay.
they worked together for awhile, Carlos really didnt want
to share his growing wealth and power. In an act that eventually
cost him their friendship, Carlos cut his Danbury cell mate out
of his Norman's Cay base.
with other pilots he hired, continued to fly Colombian "coke"
into the States. Bruce Porter describes the operation in his New
York Times "Notable Book" Blow:
did six trips for George in rapid succession, carrying three hundred
kilos each time, for a total of nearly two tons. George charged
the Colombians the usual $10,000 a kilo, split it down the middle
with Hank, and in about four months they were each better off
by some $9 million. (Blow, page 205)
Before long George had so much money he ran out of places to store
it all. He bought a house that served as his "bank."
But something else happened after George met cocaine. As he told
the movie "Blow," Diego Delgado is the Carlos Lehder