George Jung Release Date
January 7, 2012 by staff
George Jung Release Date, George Jacob Jung (born August 6, 1942), nicknamed “Boston George”, was a major player in the cocaine trade in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s. Jung was a part of the Medell?n Cartel which was responsible for up to 85 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. He specialized in the smuggling of cocaine from Colombia on a large scale. His life story was portrayed in the 2001 film Blow, starring Johnny Depp.
George Jung was born to Frederick, a German American, and Ermine (née O’Neill) Jung, in Boston, Massachusetts then raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Though Jung did not excel academically, he was a star football player and was described by his classmates as “a natural leader.”
After graduating in 1961 from Weymouth High School, Jung went to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He studied for a degree in advertising. He never completed his studies. Jung began recreationally using marijuana, selling a portion of everything he bought to break even.
In 1967, after meeting with a childhood friend, Phillip Eugene Sadler, Jung realized the enormous potential for profits by smuggling the cannabis he bought in California back to New England. Jung’s initial smuggling operation had the drugs being transported via his stewardess girlfriend, who would carry them in her suitcases on flights. In search of even greater profits, Jung expanded his operation to flying the drugs in from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico using airplanes stolen from private airports on Cape Cod and professional pilots. At the height of this enterprise, Jung and his associates were reportedly making $250,000 a month (equivalent to over $1.6 million today). This ended in 1974, when Jung was arrested in Chicago for smuggling 660 pounds (300 kg) of marijuana. He had been staying at the Pl**yboy Club where he was to meet a connection that would pick up the marijuana. The connection was arrested for heroin smuggling, however, and informed the authorities about Jung in order to get a reduced sentence. After arguing with the judge about the purpose of sending a man to prison “for crossing an imaginary line with a bunch of plants,” Jung was sent to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.
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