Cocaine: Narcos, Sicarios and Peru

From the terror of hired killers trained by the cartels to the war on drugs in the remote jungles of Peru, this is a series about the new cartel wars and the legacy left behind by Pablo Escobar.

Pablo Escobar was the mastermind of drug trafficking and narco terrorism in Colombia during the 1980s. He converted the city of Medellin into the cocaine capital of the world, pioneered a model that almost every major criminal organisation would later adopt and the people of Medellin loved him. They wanted to work for him and they wanted to be like him, this had a lot to do with the fact that he was a Robin Hood sort of character who gave back to his community by building churches and giving money to the poor.

In this 3 part mini series VICE takes us into Escobar’s world, we meet the two DEA agents who spent years on the trail of the elusive king of cocaine and became the basis for Netflix’s show, Narcos. We also get a look into the aftermath left behind by Escobar’s 20 year reign.


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  1. If I were an impoverished villager in S. America I wouldn’t have reservations about growing a crop that provided enough money to support my family. It’s unreasonable for Westerners to penalize peasants because of their own destructive habits.