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DEA Agents Who Took Down Pablo Escobar Share Experience at Ohio State University

Javier Pena/dea photo

Javier Pena/dea photo

By Steve Neavling

The two DEA agents who took down one of the most violent and elusive cocaine kingpins in history, Pablo Escobar, shared their experience Monday night at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University.

The retired DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy were the impetus for the first two seasons of the Netflix original series, “Narco.”

The agents were sent to Colombia to take down Escobar and his Medellin cartel.

“Our philosophy was that when you go after an organization, you have to go after everybody in it,” Peña told the Lantern. “In other words, you have to dismantle the organization, not just one person.” 

Murphy said the phrase “war on drugs” was not completely accurate because governments provider serious resources in an actual war.

“We were fighting a ‘war on drugs’ against the biggest cocaine dealer, the world’s first narco-terrorist, the world’s most wanted criminal, and what did they send? They sent the two of us,” Murphy said. “It was more of a joke. Since we’ve retired, we’ve re-examined the situation. We still need the enforcement element, but we cannot arrest our way out of this problem. We cannot put enough people in jail to stop narcotics trafficking. There’s just too great a demand.”

The lecture included a history of Escobar, the violence of the Medellin cartel, smuggling tactics and the prison that Escobar built for himself and his compatriots.

“We never met him, but he knew us by name,” Murphy said. “He put a $300,000 bounty on our heads.”

Weekend Series on Crime: Pablo Escobar

A New Show on Netflix Worth Watching: ‘Narco,’ The Story About Pablo Escobar

By Allan Lengel

Having finished watching a series of TV shows including “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy,” I was looking for a new show.  I stumbled across “Narco,” a Netflix-made series on drug lord Pablo Escobar and the DEA in Colombia.

Wagner Moura plays Pablo Escobar

Wagner Moura plays Pablo Escobar

It’s a show worth watching. It intersperses real news video clips to give it some authenticity. Escobar died in 1993 at age 44.

Deadline Hollywood describes it this way:

Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose Padilha, Narcos is the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It centers on notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal), a DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S mission to capture and ultimately kill him.

Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro writes:

“If you’re at a party and snort a gram of cocaine, look at how many people died (for it), how many lives were destroyed. ” That’s what Narcos executive producer Jose Padilha wants audiences to be conscious of when they watch his 10-hour Netflix series Narcos, which follows the 1980 drug war between the U.S. and Colombia’s kingpin Pablo Escobar.

“The drug policy that we have in the U.S. hasn’t worked in the last 30 years,” said Padilha, “The Nancy Reagan ‘Just Say No’ approach doesn’t work.”

“So many people have died and there were so many dead bodies,” said Padilha about the aftermath of the ’80s drug wars.

Weekend Series on Crime History: Pablo Escobar


New Head of DEA’s Houston Office Helped Hunt Pablo Escobar

Javier Pena/dea photo

By Allan Lengel

The new head of the Houston DEA knows a thing or two about drug cartels.

Javier Pena, whose new turf includes the Mexican border, helped hunt down the infamous Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, the Associated Press reports.

In fact, AP reported that Pena has a photo of a Colombian federal agent in 1993 posing over the body on a rooftop with the words: “Thanks Javier, DEA; +mission accomplished.”

Feds Capture “Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean” in Puerto Rico After Decade-Long Hunt

puerto-rico-mapBy Allan Lengel

A man known as the Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean was captured by federal authorities Saturday in Puerto Rico following a decade-long hunt, the Associated Press reported.

FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals  and Puerto Rico Police captured Jose Figueroa Agosto in a working class neighborhood in San Juan, AP reported. he was wearing a wig and jumped out of his car and tried running when he saw he was being followed.

“We asked him his name, and he simply answered that we knew who he was,” Antonio Torres, who heads the U.S. Marshal Service’s fugitive task force in Puerto Rico said, according to AP.

“It is a tremendous arrest, definitely,” U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez told a news conference Saturday, according to AP.

AP reported that Figueroa,45, is suspected of shipping Colombian drugs to the U.S. via Puerto Rico. He escaped from prison in 1999.