25 Shocking Facts About Pablo Escobar

Even after all these years, a fascination with Pablo Escobar’s life persists. From the Netflix Original Narcos to the recent film American Made, pop culture is addicted to the drug lord’s many exploits. It’s not entirely surprising. People love hearing stories about criminals just as much as they do heroes, and Escobar was one of the most successful criminals in history, doing anything and everything to secure success and power. Curious to hear about what made him rise to the top of the criminal underworld? Here are 25 Shocking Facts About Pablo Escobar.


As a young man, Pablo Escobar would steal tombstones and sell them to smugglers. By 20, he stole cars and dealt cannabis, making a name for himself in the Colombian underworld.

tombstonesSource: http://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/pablo-escobar

Born into a poor Colombian family, Escobar's father was a farmer and his mother was a teacher. His parents rarely could afford to buy food for him and all his siblings.

Banana_farmSource: http://starschanges.com/pablo-escobar-family/


Smuggling cocaine into the United States proved difficult for Pablo Escobar, so he got creative. He stashed the cocaine into plane tires going to the United States and also soaked clothes with liquid cocaine and extracted it later.

airplane tiresSource: http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/pablo-escobar-facts

Not only did he frequently fly cocaine in the United States, but he bought remote controlled submarines to park 2,000 kg of it up to Miami.

submarineSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/11776380/The-terrible-reign-of-cocaine-king-Pablo-Escobar.html


He became so successful getting cocaine into the United States, at the height of his game, he smuggled 50 tons of cocaine a day.

cocaineSource: http://www.businessinsider.com/pablo-escobar-and-rubber-bands-2015-9

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