1991- Pablo Escobar (Colombian drug lord) surrenders to police

June 19, 2022

On June 19, 1991, Pablo Escobar (the Colombian Drug Lord) surrendered to police in Colombia. Following the 1983 extradition treaty between Colombia and the United States, Pablo had long been on the US Drug Enforcement Administration's Most Wanted List.

The DEA had offered a $2 million bounty for his capture and extradition; the billionaire cocaine lord was a wanted criminal in 33 countries worldwide after becoming "the most-wanted trafficker of cocaine," according to The New York Times.

Fun Facts about Pablo Escobar

  • Birth: Pablo Escobar was born December 1, 1949 in Rionegro, Colombia. He was the third of seven children born to Abel de Jesús Dari Escobar Echeverri and Hermilda Gaviria.
  • Early life: Escobar studied at Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana Cali but did not graduate.
  • Family and Children: Escobar married Maria Victoria Henao in 1976. Together they had two children: Sebastián Marroquín and Manuela Escobar.
  • Youngest Drug Lord: In 1976, at the age of 26, he began his drug career by moving to Medellin, Colombia, where he worked with various contraband traffickers who were part of the Colombian Mafia.


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