George Jung, the drug dealer known as El Americano who inspired Johnny Depp Blow’s film and helped Pablo Escobar smuggle cocaine planes into the United States, has died at the age of 78.
The famous cocaine trafficker died Wednesday morning at his Boston home, where he was receiving palliative care.
His cause of death was not immediately known, but he had recently struggled with liver and kidney failure, sources told TMZ.
Jung, often referred to as El Americano and “Boston George” because of his background, has passed away with his girlfriend Ronda and his friend Roger by his side.
He was a notorious drug dealer who worked with Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel to smuggle cocaine into the United States.
Jung, who ended up spending over 20 years of his life in prison, was responsible for over 85% of the cocaine smuggled into America in the 1970s and 1980s.
George Jung, the drug trafficker known as El Americano who inspired Johnny Depp’s film Blow, died aged 78 at his Boston home on Wednesday morning.
Jung was part of the infamous Medellin drug cartel and supplied 80% of its cocaine to the United States in the 1980s.
“Basically I was no different from a rock star or a movie star. I was a coke star, ”he told PBS in an interview in 2000.
“I was a guy who had a lot of money and unlimited access to cocaine and even though I looked like Bela Lugosi I still had the most beautiful women on the planet because everyone at that time especially the women, was in love with cocaine and Of course in love with money… access to cars, clothes, dinners, lifestyle.
Jung first entered the drug business in the 1960s when he started selling marijuana to his student friends.
He improved his game when he realized how much money he could make and started trafficking marijuana between California and the East Coast.
“Of course, over time the business started to grow and grow. It went from being a more or less fun activity in college to a serious business. As the money increased, the power increased, ”he said.
Jung began to fly to Mexico so that he could buy marijuana directly from supplies and triple his profits.
He ended up being caught with 660 pounds of marijuana in Chicago in 1974 and was sent to Federal Prison in Danbury, Connecticut.
It was during this time in prison that he shared a cell with a Colombian named Carlos Ledher.
Ledher ended up facilitating his entry into the cocaine trade and eventually became his longtime business partner.
“He was looking for a way to transport cocaine out of Colombia and people to sell it in the United States and I was there. It was like a wedding done in heaven, or hell at the end. But that’s basically how it worked. Carlos and I spent almost a year together, working and planning every day, ”Jung said.
Jung was released from FCI Fort Dix prison in New Jersey in 2014 after serving 20 years in prison for drug trafficking. He was caught with over 1,700 pounds of cocaine in Kansas
Jung, often referred to as El Americano and “Boston George” because of his background, has passed away with his girlfriend Ronda and his friend Roger by his side. George and Ronda are pictured above together in 2018
Lehder ended up introducing Jung to the Medellin Cartel, while Jung taught Lehder how to smuggle drugs into the United States.
The two went on to earn millions of dollars together.
At one point, Jung claimed to have stashed $ 100 million in a secret Panama bank account.
He was convicted again in 1994 after being caught with over 1,700 pounds of cocaine in Kansas.
He was first sentenced to 60 years after pleading guilty to three counts of conspiracy, but his time was significantly reduced in exchange for his testimony against Ledher.
During this stint at FCI Fort Dix in New Jersey, Jung met Johnny Depp as he was preparing to portray him in the 2001 cult classic “Blow”.
“It is very rare in life for a person to open their heart and soul to you with unlimited access to their deepest thoughts, dreams, fears, regrets, intimacy,” Depp wrote in a letter about his visit. to Jung.
“Even rarer when you have just met this person and due to the obvious situation you are very unlikely to spend too much time with them in the near future. So for that and more, I owe George a lot of gratitude.
Jung was released from his time in prison in 2014 when he was 71 years old.
He met Depp again after his release after the Hollywood star, who was then engaged to Amber Heard, allegedly contacted him and invited him to his loft in downtown Los Angeles.
Jung ended up being the inspiration behind Johnny Depp’s 2001 cult classic film “Blow”. Jung is pictured on the left, while Depp is pictured on the right portraying Jung in the film