Pablo Emilio Escobar, Colombia’s biggest drug kingpin, made a fortune off of cocaine trafficking. Escobar was possibly the most successful criminal in history, Building a crime empire by corrupting the Colombian government big time. Pablo Escobar was born on December 1, 1949. He was the son of a peasant farmer and a school teacher. He grew up in Envigado, a suburb of the city of Medellin. Entering into a life of crime at a young age; he was stealing cars by age 20 and he also stole cemetery tomb stones and sold them to smugglers from Panama. In 1976, Maria Victoria Henao Vellejo married Pablo Escobar. Pablo and Maria hadtwo children together, called Juan Pablo and Manuela. Although he had a lot of affairs with other women. In the early 1970’s Escobar got into the world of cocaine Trafficking. He began by driving coca paste from the Andean Mountains to Medellin. During the 1980s, Escobar became known internationally as his drug network gained notoriety; the Medellín Cartel controlled a large portion of the drugs that entered into the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic with cocaine brought mostly from Peru and Bolivia, as Colombian coca was initially of substandard quality. Escobar's product reached many other nations, mostly around the Americas,although it is said that his network reached as far as Asia. Escobar bribed countless government officials, judges and other politicians.His Cartel soon controlled about 80 percent of the world’s cocaine market. Escobar was extremely powerful and exceptionally capable of influencing many people. He would bribe such authorities as judges and politicians. If they did not take Escobar’s bribes, they will likely be killed. Because of these famous death threats, Escobar usually did not have a hard time getting his way with prosecutors either. At his death it was estimated that he was worth 3 billion dollars. In 1889, Forbes magazine recorded him as the [continua]
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