Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was the wealthiest, most powerful and violent criminal of the 20th Century. In collaborating with drug traffickers to form the Medellin Cartel, he eventually controlled more than 80% of all the cocaine distributed in the US. Escobar's ruthless tactics allowed him to operate with impunity throughout South America, and he was responsible for the deaths of three Colombian Presidential candidates, an Attorney General, several Justice Ministers, more than 200 judges, more than 1,000 police officers, an unknown number of competing drug traffickers and perceived enemies, and countless innocent people caught in the crossfire.
Javier Pena was raised in Kingsville, Texas. In 1984 he joined the DEA. Four years alter the Retired Special Agent in Charge volunteered for an assignment in Bogota, Colombia. It was there that Pena and his partner, Special Agent Steve Murphy, set out to bring down the Medellin drug cartel and its leader Pablo Escobar. Pena was awarded Colombia's highest honour for his efforts, and received commendation awards from the DEA and the wider international community. He is regarded as an expert on the subject of the Medellin Cartel.
Steve Murphy commenced his career as a police officer in 1975 in Bluefield, West Virginia. In 1987 Murphy joined the DEA as a Special Agent and was assigned to Miami, Florida where the cocaine trade was exploding. In 1991 Special Agent Murphy was transferred to Colombia. It was in Bogota that Murphy, with partner Pena, targeted the notorious narco-terrorist Escobar and his powerful Medellin Cartel. Murphy received multiple honours and awards during his career, including 'DEA Special Agent of the Year' and the 'Distinguished Service Cross' from the Republic of Colombia.
Pena and Murphy were part of the largest, most complex, multi-national, multi-jurisdiction, and high profile investigation of its time. Working with an elite Colombian Task Force, this was the first time an entire international drug Cartel was taken down and completely dismantled. Don't miss this exclusive one-off opportunity to hear directly from them in an intimate environment.