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January 5, 2023

Notorious Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar Posing in Front of the White House With His Son, 1981

This infamous photo shows Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in front of the White House. Next to him is his only son, Juan Pablo Escobar. The photograph was taken by his wife Maria Victoria in 1981. Escobar took his family to Disneyland on this same trip.

During the time the photo was taken, Pablo Escobar was at the peak of his powers and, ironically, would’ve been several times wealthier than the President of the United States. Escobar was in the process of trying to become a legitimate politician in his native country at the time. He held a diplomatic passport, yet it is unknown if this was legitimate or simply a fake. After all, Escobar did begin his criminal career by counterfeiting documents.

He became a substitute congressman and then joined the City Council in his hometown of Medellin. However, he was detested by the Colombian government and was considered extremely dangerous. He also was accused of turning the nation of Colombia into a giant stereotype – one that remains to this day.

At the height of his power, Escobar brought in an estimated $420 million a week in revenue, supplied 80% of the world’s cocaine, and smuggled 15 tons of cocaine into the US per day.

Escobar’s legacy remains controversial; while many denounce the heinous nature of his crimes, he was seen as a “Robin Hood-like” figure for many in Colombia, as he provided many amenities to the poor, while his killing was mourned and his funeral attended by over 25,000 people.


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