He was a self-described "coke star" selling coke balls to Hollywood and a
network of college campuses, and witnessing inside operations of the 1980s
most notorious narco-lords, including Pablo Escobar "who worshipped George
Patton." With this kind of storyline, it's no wonder Hollywood has an upcoming
movie about Jung-- "Blow"-- starring Johnny Depp as Jung.
Jung started out as a youthful marijuana smuggler but got active in cocaine
trafficking during the mid-1970s. He and Carlos Lehder - who he first met at
Danbury Federal Penitentiary in 1975-- developed smuggling routes for the
emerging Medellin cartel, including flying plane-loads of cocaine to remote US
airstrips during the late 1970s. Jung currently is serving a 20-year sentence
in federal prison.
The brothers Ochoa-- Jorge, Fabio and Juan David--ran the most powerful of the
Medellin drug trafficking organizations. They surrendered voluntarily to the
Colombian government in 1990 - 1991, and served short prison sentences.
In their first television interview since their 1996 release, brothers Juan
David and Jorge spoke to FRONTLINE about their years in the drug business, and
claim they are no longer associated with the drug trade. However, their
younger brother Fabio was arrested on drug charges by Colombian police in
October 1999. The Ochoas maintain his innocence.
· Interview with Juan David Ochoa
· Interview with Jorge Ochoa
He has some stories to tell of binge sex and drugs on Norman's Cay with and
the irresistable business of working with Lehder and his partners in running
cocaine filled small planes From early childhood, Toro and Carlos Lehder were
friends growing up near Medellin, Colombia. In the early 1980s, Toro became
involved in the cartel when Lehder invited him into the cocaine business as a
public relations representative for the cartel, managing political pay-offs,
bribes, and money laundering for the organization. Toro, who got out of the
business many years ago, now lives quietly in the United States.
What was it like to be a personal pilot for drug king pin Carlos Lehder?
Arenas details how his close relationship to Lehder gave him, over many
years, an inside view on the workings of the Medellin cartel, including the
cartel's internal power structure, their relationship with the Sandanistas and
Contras, and their dealings with Manuel Noreiega.
· Read an overview of how Colombia's narcotics organizations have changed
since the 1970s - "The Colombian Cartels"
The man called "Steve" asked FRONTLINE to protect his identity. He grew up on
the San Diego / Tijuana border and got involved in the 1990s with both money
laundering and drug trafficking. He worked for a time with the notorious
Arellano Felix Organization of Tijuana, currently one of the most
powerful and violent cartels in Mexico.
The man called "Paul" also asked FRONTLINE to protect his identity.
He did not have direct contact with the Colombia and Mexico drug network
operations. He dealt at the local level in New York City where he would buy
large quantities of cocaine, cook it into crack and sell it in the streets. He
became addicted to the drug and served time in prison and drug rehabilitation.
Now clean of drugs, he is working in the computer field.
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