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On This Day… Pablo Escobar Escapes From His Luxurious Private Prison

Written by: George Chittenden : 22 May 2019

It was on this day, 22nd July back in 1992 when Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escaped from his own luxurious private prison, La Catedral. At the height of his career, Pablo Escobar was responsible for around eighty-percent of the world’s cocaine market, earning him an immense fortune. It’s believed that during the height of its operations, the Medellín Cartel were smuggling fifteen tons of cocaine per day into the United States. Since his death Pablo has been romanticised in books, films and TV shows as a Robin Hood type character.

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar

It’s worth remembering that he ordered a plane full of innocent people to be taken down, to kill one man, and he increased the murder rate in Colombia making it the highest in the world, by giving money to hitmen as a reward for killing police officers. Over six-hundred Police died as a result. It was on this day though that he fled the luxurious prison that he’d built to his specifications and staffed by his chosen guards. Pablo had surrendered to the Colombian Government to avoid extradition to the US. In the end the drug kingpin fled as he heard that he was to be moved to a regular prison for killing two former lieutenants. His escape was the beginning of a sixteen-month stint on the run which eventually ended with his death in December 1993, when he was shot and killed by Colombian National Police.

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