Live: “No other gang in the world has ever openly confronted a state.” Unable to cope with the huge rise in drug trafficking in the 1980s, the Colombian government signed a treaty with the US that permitted the extradition of local drug lords. Escobar declared war on the authorities and launched a campaign of brutal violence to fight the policy. The Medellin cartel killed 50,000 people during the resulting drug war, including 540 policemen. One of the cartel soldiers that organized and conducted numerous terror attacks, killings, and kidnappings was John Jairo Velasquez, aka ‘Popeye’. Now, Escobar’s close friend and...
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