What Happened to George Jung, The Drug Smuggler Who Inspired The Movie Blow

George Jung, The Drug Smuggler Who Inspired The Movie Blow, died at 78
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What Happened to George Jung, The Infamous Drug Smuggler Who Inspired The Movie Blow

Was the most famous drug dealer of all time could be George Jung? He was indicted by the plotline of his existence, which consists of several tenures in incarceration and a film adaptation as high profile. George Jung died in Weymouth, his hometown, on Wednesday of this year 2021 at the age of 78. Over his entire life, he has been instrumental in transforming the distribution of cocaine—a crucial factor in Jung’s growing drug king Pablo Escobar.

People near to him, as well as a post on his Instagram page, the announcement of his death on social media. There was no reason, but the TMZ celebrity news site reports that liver and kidney failure had recently occurred.

Katharine Q. Seelye looked over the long and famous life of Jung at The New York Times. Briefly, his choice of drug was cannabis, with which his participation in the sale and trade. Jung’s apprehension in 1974 and put up with Carlos Lehder Rivas in Federal Prison. Whereas, Jung’s proposal there that what he had taught about contraband applies to another drug, cocaine. Seelye says their partnership “worked to shape the American drug scene by introducing huge amounts of cocaine that had been scarcely used until then.”

From The Top Of The Word To The Jail

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George Jung aka Boston Jeorge

Jung’s elevated offense was marked by several arrests of either marijuana or cocaine in huge volumes.  Subsequently, George served for almost 20 years before his last major arrest was in the mid-1990s; he was released in 2014. Two years later he was released from his halfway house for a violation of his freedom of speech. Since he wasn’t in prison.

In November, Deadline reported that he was on probation “and is continuing to fight his demons.” Whilst he came to view cocaine as “evil,” he never displayed public regret at the part he played to boost the nationwide coke epidemic of the 1980s.

The True Story Of The Criminal Life Of Boston George

Jung’s story is unique because he was one of the first smugglers to use planes to transport drugs into the United States. He also became famous for being one of the biggest cocaine dealers in history.

George Jung was born in Boston on October 3, 1942, but grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts with his parents George Sr. and Ermine (O’Neill). His father was a police officer who taught him how to drive at age 12 and his mother owned a local diner where she would feed her son every day. 

Soon after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as an MP for two years before being honorably discharged because of an ankle injury sustained during basic training. Upon returning home from Vietnam, he enrolled at Northeastern University where he met John O’Brien, who introduced him to marijuana and LSD, which eventually led him towards becoming a drug dealer himself once his studies were completed.

In 1968, after graduating college with a degree in political science, George moved down to Florida where he began selling marijuana and cocaine.

Where Everything Begun

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George Jacob Jung, June 17, 1993 [picture source: www.bostonglobe.com]

George Jung was an average student, but he had a knack for sports. He started working as a pot dealer in high school, soon realizing that he could make more money dealing drugs than working at McDonald’s.

He started by selling small amounts of marijuana to his friends, but soon graduated to smuggling large quantities into the U.S. When he got caught and served time in prison, Jung didn’t stop smuggling drugs. In fact, he became one of America’s most notorious drug smugglers.

Jung’s first big score came when he found out that Colombians were growing marijuana on their farms and shipping it to the United States by plane or boat. Jung bought a plane with the help of an ex-Air Force pilot and began flying cocaine from Colombia to the United States under the nose of customs agents who weren’t looking for small planes flying low over the ocean. Once they landed at airports near major cities, Jung picked up his shipments and sold them on the street for huge profits.

The Mastermind Behind The Medellin Cartel

By 1970, he was already making $100 million per year and had moved to California, where he was dealing directly with Colombian suppliers.

During this time, Jung became close friends with fellow smuggler Carlos Lehder Rivas and together they formed an alliance called The Medellin Cartel that would eventually become one of the largest suppliers of narcotics in history. Their partnership ended when Lehder was arrested by US authorities in 1975 and sentenced to 45 years in prison for his role in trafficking drugs into America.

At this point, Jung went on the run from US authorities and fled to Colombia, where he continued working as a drug smuggler until 1987, when he was arrested by Colombian police during a sting operation known as Operation Leyenda (Operation Legend). He spent two years behind bars before escaping from prison in 1989 and fleeing Colombia once again.

Mr. Jung told PBS, in 2000: “There was a way he was looking to transport cocaine and to sell it out of Colombia and I was there.” “It’s been like heavenly marriage, or finally hell.” (Mr. Jung would eventually betray Mr. Lehder by declaring a lesser punishment against him

In 2001 His Love For Money And Cocaine Becomes A Movie

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Jhonny Deep who played George Jung in Blow

Jung, directed by the late Ted Demme and starred by Johnny Depp, was the subject of Blow‘s film in 2001. The film proved controversial, with many focusing on the real person in its focus. Roger Ebert writes on the film’s release, “Failure is George Jung’s. “He wouldn’t become one person that was interesting enough to make a film about all the glory of his success and the poignancy of his collapse.”

David Edelstein wrote in Slate, criticizing Jung and the film especially for “one of the most verbose pieces of male victimization ever staged.”

Jung was calling himself an outlaw. The Times quotes an interview from 1993 in Boston Globe, in which Jung said, “A gangster is a robber. I never took it. I never took it. I gave only.” The phrase “#the last #outlaw” was written on the Instagram post announcing his death.

Seelye notes at the Times that “[he] never publicly regretted his role in fueling it nationally, coke outbreak of the 1980s.” As reputations go, this is particularly distressing.

This hasn’t been seen by others.

The World encapsulated his career in the following manner: 'Jung powdered the nose of the wealthy, famous Hollywood, burned several fortunes and helped run the cartel

 “We all loved cocaine and of course money in that period — access to cars, clothing, dinners, and lifestyle,” he said. “Women, especially, are all loved for cocaine. “I wasn’t different basically from a rock star or film star. I was a coke star.” I was a coke star.”

George Jung was embarrassed by his family particularly as the federal officers were constantly monitoring the house of his parents in search of him. This time around, his mother would not allow him to visit before his father died in 1988. In fact, he decided to only make an audiotape for him to communicate with his father. George tried to make amendments on the tape, but he never apologized.

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