George Jung, a former drug trafficker and informant, left federal prison on Monday after spending close to 20 years behind bars. Jung informed against main members of Colombia’s drug cartel in the ‘90s. If you can’t seem to remember the story, you will know it if you watched the hit movie”Blow” that came out in 2001, where Johnny Depp played Jung’s role.
George Jung ‘Blow’
George Jung, who had once thought of himself as a “coke star” and belonged to the Medellín cartel, was the U.S. connection to the Colombian cocaine cartel between 1970 and 1990. Jung was responsible for at least 89% of the cocaine being smuggled into America during that time. Jung was arrested a few times during his career, but his last arrest would put him behind bars for a long time. He was eventually caught in 1994 when police had seized over 1,700 pounds of cocaine. He was sentenced to 22 years and sent to the Otisville Federal Prison in NY, then transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution, La Tuna, in TX, and then he served out his prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, NJ. George Jung was originally supposed to serve 60 years, but was given a reduced sentence for his testimony against his former accomplice.
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One of the main reasons people get wrapped up in drug trafficking is because of the glamour, power, and money, but it comes at a price and it could cost you your life and the lives of others. A father was sentenced to prison, a daughter was abandoned, and many lives were wrecked by their cocaine distribution. It’s bigger than just having lots of money and power, it’s destroying our nation.
Now at 71, George Jung plans on trying to repair the relationship with his estranged daughter, Kristina Jung. Jung is also staying at a San Francisco half-way house where he will finish out his sentence.
What else is in the future for ex-kingpin George Jung? Only time will tell. Until then, we hope he continues to stay out of the drug business and work on enjoying his life. So far the ending to his story is much better than the version in “Blow.”
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