George Jung

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George Jung
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Jung in La Tuna prison in 2010
Born
George Jacob Jung

(1942-08-06)August 6, 1942
DiedMay 5, 2021(2021-05-05) (aged 78)
Other namesBoston George, El Americano
OccupationDrug trafficker and smuggler
Criminal statusDeceased
ChildrenKristina Sunshine Jung, step daughter Clara Pearson
Parent(s)Frederick Jung and Ermine Jung
Conviction(s)Drug trafficking and smuggling

George Jacob Jung (August 6, 1942 – May 5, 2021), nicknamed Boston George and El Americano, was an American drug trafficker and smuggler. He was an important figure in the cocaine trade in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Jung was a part of the Medellín Cartel, which was responsible for up to 90% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States.

His life story was based in the biopic Blow (2001), starring Johnny Depp as Jung. Jung was released from prison on June 2, 2014, after serving nearly 20 years for drug smuggling.[1]

Jung died at his home in Weymouth, Massachusetts from liver and kidney failure on May 5, 2021 at the age of 78.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Zach Schonfeld (June 6, 2014). "'Blow' Drug Trafficker George Jung Released From Jail". Newsweek. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  2. Michallon, Clémence (May 5, 2021). "George Jung death: Drug smuggler who inspired film 'Blow' dies aged 78". The Independent. Retrieved May 5, 2021.