Why Pablo Escobar Is Still Relevant Today

Twenty years ago, Colombian authorities put an end to the bloody reign of the infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

At the height of his power, Escobar controlled roughly 80 percent of the global cocaine market, and because of his multi-billion dollar empire, was placed on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List for seven years.

But the corruption, bribery and unabashed killings became too much for the Colombian government, who sought the help of U.S. authorities.

With the assistance of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command and the DEA, Colombian authorities tracked down Escobar, and killed him on the rooftop of a middle class neighborhood in Medellin.

But his killing did little to curb the supply or demand for narcotics produced in Latin America. Colombia remains a prime source for cocaine sent to the U.S.

Escobar’s shoes were filled by other eager and willing participants; kingpins like Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman keep a steady supply of illegal drugs flowing into the U.S.