Escobar circa. 1980
|Born||Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria|
1 December 1949
|Died||2 December 1993 (Age 44)|
|Supposed perpetrator of||Avianca Flight 203|
Drug kingpin who ran the Medellín drug cartel for the CIA.
In 2016, Christopher Woody of BusinessInsider wrote that the Medellin cartel had contacted Jeb Bush seeking an amnesty for to Pablo Escobar, believing that Jeb would ask his father for an amnesty. He cites Patrick Clawson and Rensselaer Lee's 1996 book, The Andean Cocaine Industry that "In 1988, the drug lords reportedly attempted to hire the services of the New York firm Kissinger and Associates to mount a public relations campaign on behalf of the proposed trafficker-government accord."
In late 1989, after a series of bloody humiliations dealt by Escobar to the forces and officials of the Colombian government, the then-President Virgilio Barco created a special police unit to deal with the kingpin and his cartel.
While its initial encounters with the Medellín network left the Bloque de Búsqueda, or Search Bloc, dazed and weakened, it eventually became a hardened task force that hunted down Escobar and his associates.
Assisted by US special forces, US Army intelligence, as well as members of the CIA and DEA, the Search Bloc pursued Escobar throughout 1992 and 1993. According to official accounts, it was the Search Bloc that ultimately killed Escobar.
On 2 December 1993, he attempted to flee from a hideout in his home base of Medellín, Colombia, by scrambling across a neighbouring rooftop, but was cut down by gunfire, and the resulting image has been seared into the public memory — the bloody corpse of the world’s most powerful drug lord splayed across a tile roof in the city that was once his safest redoubt.
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