Born In: Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA
George Jung was an American former smuggler and drug trafficker, known as one of the prominent names in the cocaine trade in the U.S. in the 1970s, and the early 1980s. Born and raised in Massachusetts, George did not have a strong academic background. In his teenage years, he was arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Following his high-school graduation, he joined the ‘University of Southern Mississippi’ but dropped out soon. In his late teenage years, he began using marijuana and selling it to make some profit. He came in touch with a friend and started smuggling marijuana from California to New England. He soon began smuggling drugs through flights from California to Boston. The business boomed, and George grew rich. However, in 1974, he was arrested in Chicago. While in prison, he met another drug trafficker and stepped into the business of cocaine trade, flying cocaine from Pablo Escobar’s Colombian ranch into the U.S. George made millions before getting arrested again in the late 1980s. However, he did not quit the business and was arrested again in the 1990s. He was released from prison in 2017.
Nick Name: El Americano, Boston George
Spouse/Ex-: Mirtha Jung (m. 1977–1984)
father: Frederick Jung
mother: Ermine Jung
children: Kristina Sunshine Jung
Born Country: United States
education: The University Of Southern Mississippi
George Jacob Jung was born on August 6, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., to Fred and Ermine Jung. Soon after he was born, the family moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts, where George began attending school. He was not a bright student and spent most of his time playing football, becoming a star player on the team. He was described by his classmates as a person who had all the qualities of a natural leader.
This was the beginning of an arrangement that changed the face of drug usage in the U.S.A. About 700 pounds of marijuana were brought from Mexico to California and were later driven to Amherst, Massachusetts, in large vehicles. There were many middlemen in the deal. George considered the vehicle drivers unnecessary. He soon took charge of driving the drug-filled vehicles himself.
In 1974, one of his smugglers was caught by the police. The man revealed George’s name. George was partying in Chicago when the police raided the event and arrested him. Around 660 pounds of marijuana were confiscated from him. Though marijuana was not deemed dangerous, one of George’s smugglers was also dealing in heroin, which became the reason for the strict action.
In April 1975, both George and Carlos were released together. They flew down to Columbia, where George met Pablo Escobar. They struck a deal, and this time, the risk was bigger, as they traded cocaine. George had to fly cocaine from Columbia into California, where the shipment was to be handed over to one of George’s contacts. However, there was one problem: George was only the middleman, and he wanted to make more money.
He kept a low profile for a while but could not keep himself away from the drug business, which was highly profitable and thrilling. In 1994, he came in touch with his old Mexican drug smuggler friend and was again caught with kilos of cocaine in Kansas. Following this, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison and was kept in a federal prison in New York.
George Jung was eventually released from prison in November 2014. However, he was arrested yet again for parole violation after making a paid appearance as a guest at an event. He was arrested and kept in a halfway house until July 2017.
The American film ‘Blow,’ which was released in 2001, was based on George’s real-life antics. The film featured Johnny Depp as George.
His relationship with his daughter was highlighted in the film ‘Blow.’ Though George shared a close relationship with his daughter, he once stated in a newspaper interview that his daughter still “can’t forgive him” for all his deeds.
George Jung died on May 5, 2021, from liver and kidney failure, at his Weymouth, Massachusetts home. He was 78.
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