The wealthiest drug lords in the world are not made alone. They get help from other people to reach the heights of success. That is how Pablo Escobar came to be the wealthiest drug lord to exist.
George Jung AKA “Boston George” and Carlos Lehder helped Pablo Escobar to become the wealthiest drug leader.
Today, we take a look into the life of Boston George, the notorious cocaine smuggler.
How He Came Into The Drug Smuggling Game
George Jung was born on August 6th, 1942. His place of birth was Boston, Massachusetts. Ever since Jung was a child he was always into athletics and was extremely talented when it came to football.
However, he was academically weak and had no interest in it either. Like many of us, he discovered marijuana while in college. It was the 60s during this time and marijuana was the drug that defined that decade.
He moved to California during this time and this is where it all began. Like many drug dealers, he started small.
He used to smoke pot and deal some to people he knew. Everything changed for him when his friend came to visit him in California.
Through this friend, Jung found out that weed back East cost $300 and he was buying it for just $60 in California.
Through this, an idea emerged. He realized he will buy weed in California and then fly to Amherst and sell it there for a higher price. So, he started smuggling weed and this became serious business for him.
Greed took over and Jung wanted even more, so he cut the middleman and thought to buy weed directly from the Mexican cartel. For this, he ent to Puerto Vallarta to find a local weed connection.
Opportunities In Prison
Beginner’s luck doesn’t last long. Eventually, in 1974, Jung was busted in Chicago. He had 660 pounds of marijuana on him and he got busted when a man he was going to meet was arrested for heroin possession.
He ratted Jung out too. However, the prison opened up more opportunities for Jung to conduct his business.
In prison, he met someone who changed his life. This man was known as Carlos Lehder who was busted for stealing vehicles.
Apart from that, Lehder was also involved in smuggling drugs and at the time he was looking to transport cocaine from Colombia to America.
Their meeting was the perfect opportunity for both of them to smuggle with success.
Jung knew how to successfully smuggle drugs through planes and Lehder was looking for a means of transportation for his cocaine smuggling.
He searched for weeks and then finally on his last day he came into contact with an American girl who introduced them to the son of a Mexican general. He sold weed to Jung for $20/kilo.