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The Rise and fall of world's most richest drug lord

From Humble Beginnings to King of Cocaine

By Santosh ChaudharyPublished about a month ago 3 min read
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The Rise and fall of world's most richest drug lord
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In the bustling streets of Colombia, a young boy named Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria dreamt of a life beyond the poverty that surrounded him. Born to a farmer and a school teacher on December 1, 1949, Pablo's journey from rags to riches would become one of the most infamous tales of the 20th century.

As a child, Pablo showed signs of ambition that would later define his criminal empire. His dreams were big; he aspired to be Colombia's president, hoping to channel his ambition through political science studies at La Universidad de Antioquia. However, his dreams were cut short due to financial constraints, forcing him to abandon his academic pursuits. It was a turning point in his life, pushing him towards a darker path.

Without formal education to guide him, Pablo found himself drawn to the allure of quick money. Starting as a small-time criminal, he dabbled in car thefts and even grave robberies. But these petty crimes were mere stepping stones for the ambitious young man.

In the 1970s, Pablo's eyes were opened to a lucrative opportunity in the underground cocaine market. With the demand for cocaine soaring in the United States, Pablo saw a chance to capitalize on this burgeoning industry. He began working for established drug traffickers, learning the ropes of the trade.

By 1975, Pablo made his move, ordering the murder of Fabio Restrepo, a rival trafficker, and seizing control of his operation. It was the birth of the infamous Medellin Cartel, with Pablo at its helm.

Joining forces with a motley crew of individuals, including a pig farmer turned assassin and a marijuana trafficker, Pablo expanded Restrepo's operation, making it bigger and more efficient. The cartel developed innovative methods of smuggling cocaine, from using their own planes to parachuting drugs to waiting speedboats.

Pablo's empire grew exponentially, with the Medellin Cartel smuggling an estimated 15 tons of cocaine daily at the peak of its operations. The profits were staggering, with Pablo reportedly earning $420 million a week. His wealth was legendary, with stories of him buying Learjets to transport money and living in opulent mansions complete with private zoos and entertainment arenas.

Despite his criminal activities, Pablo sought to win over the Colombian people, investing in community projects and constructing neighborhoods. He was hailed as a hero by some, a savior of the poor. However, beneath this facade of generosity lay a man willing to resort to violence and ruthlessness to maintain his grip on power.

Pablo's infamous 'plata o plomo' (silver or lead) policy epitomized his approach to dealing with enemies. Bribes were offered first, but those who refused were met with deadly force. The death toll attributed to Pablo's reign of terror was staggering, with estimates suggesting he was responsible for thousands of deaths, including judges, policemen, and civilians.

For years, Pablo managed to evade capture, thanks to a network of corrupt officials and judges willing to turn a blind eye to his crimes. Even when imprisoned, his confinement was more akin to a luxury resort than a penitentiary, allowing him to continue running his empire from behind bars.

However, Pablo's insatiable thirst for power eventually led to his downfall. His brazen actions, including the torture and murder of his own cartel associates, turned public opinion against him. The Colombian government, once complicit in his activities, now sought to bring him to justice.

In December 1993, after evading capture for 16 months, Pablo's reign came to a dramatic end. Cornered by Colombian authorities, he met his fate in a hail of bullets. While the official account states he died in a shootout, some believe he took his own life to avoid extradition to the United States.

Pablo Escobar's life is a cautionary tale of ambition, power, and the consequences of unchecked greed. His rise from poverty to become one of the world's richest men is a testament to his cunning and resourcefulness. However, his legacy is marred by violence and bloodshed, leaving a dark shadow that continues to loom large over Colombia.

Today, Pablo Escobar remains a controversial figure, admired by some for his audacity and reviled by others for his crimes. His story serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of unchecked power and the devastating impact of the drug trade on society.

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Santosh Chaudhary

Fascinated by nature and science, I explore our world's mysteries. Intrigued by crime and mystery, I delve into human complexities. Blending these interests, I seek to uncover the connections between them."

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