Curious about the popular Narcos?
Narcos is the TV serie that talks about Pablo Escobar, the Medellin cartel and the Cali Cartel.
He used to be the most important cocaine trader between 1970’s and 1990’s in Colombia.
The TV serie was created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro for Netflix, and goes through Escobar’s life.
The serie is divided in three seasons made of ten episodes each.
The serie has been a great success so far because of the real story of Escobar, very well interpreted by a great cast of actors.
However, the son of Escobar, Sebastian Marroquin, said that there are several mistakes.
Let’s see together who was Pablo Escobar!
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was born in Rionegro (Colombia) on the 1st Dicember 1949.
Third of seven siblings, he started his criminal career in the streets of Medellin, stealing and reselling drugs.
In 1975 he started selling cocaine with his cousin Gustavo Gaviria. He became one of the most important criminals in the world very soon.
His cocaine was sold all over America and Europe and his power increased quickly as he used to kill his opponents and people who didn’t accept to be corrupted.
His strategy was known as “plata o plomo” that in Spanish means “money or lead”.
To make Medellin’s people love him, Escobar built hospitals, schools, stadiums…and people started helping him when he needed to be protected.
In 1980’s he was so popular that people elected him as a member of the parliament for the Liberal party.
In 1991 he gave himself up to avoid the extradition in USA, since he was wanted from USA’s police and from CIA as well.
He made an agreement with the Colombian police: he was allowed to build his prison, that was actually a huge house known as “La Catedral“, where he had to stay for 5 years to avoid extradition.
An article about the “prison” of Escobar was published in the local newspaper in 1992: there were pictures of his luxurious house, which led the government to move Escobar to a real prison.
Someone informed Escobar of this decision so he could run away.
A unit of the USA army was sent to Colombia; with the local police and the help of “Los Pepes” (group of paramilitaries) they started the hunt of Escobar.
On the 2nd Dicember 1993, after a pursuit and a shooting, Pablo Escobar was killed and in few years the Medellin cartel was fragmented.
If you haven’t watched the serie “Narcos” yet, well now it is time to know how all this things happened!