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Find out the last day we were leaving, we met a young lady in a yellow . My bunk mate was Carlos Lehder, he said he was from Colombia and he spoke. George Jung transported tons of cocaine from Colombia to the United Boston George was the product of an upper-middle-class family in Weymouth, George met Carlos Lehder, a Colombian with ties to Pablo Escobar. George Jung got his start as a small-time marijuana smuggler, but after being sent Connecticut, he would meet someone who would change his life forever. Carlos Lehder was a Colombian-American man who had been.
Colombia had Pablo Escobar.
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America had George Jung. Few American drug dealers have ever had the connections, charisma, and influence that George Jung had. Over the course of his life, Jung made a living by smuggling drugs into the United States in mass quantities. Eventually, he joined the Medellin cartel and with them became responsible for 85 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States during the late s and early s.
A Life-Altering Meeting In Prison Before he made it big as a cocaine smuggler, George Jung was just an average, low-level drug dealer being hauled off to prison for being busted with a pounds of marijuana.
While landing in prison is the last thing a criminal wants, for Jung it would turn out to be the best thing that could have happened to him. In a tiny cell in a correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, he would meet someone who would change his life forever.
InGeorge Jung got a new cellmate. He publicly championed Hitler and denounced American interference south of the border in Latin America.
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His antics were fast gaining unwanted attention from authorities. The Colombian National Police raided a property where they found millions of U. This was the last straw for Escobar, who was close to his assassins, as they were to him. Lehder had become a liability to Escobar. InLehder was imprisoned for life without parole plus years. Still, Lehder is not happy stating the U.
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He has petitioned to the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to repatriate him back to Colombia so he can die in his homeland. As of now, Lehder is still in the United States serving his reduced sentence of 55 years. The letter was construed as a threat against the judge. Within weeks of sending that letter in the fall ofLehder was whisked away into the night, according to several protected witnesses at the Mesa Unit in Arizona.
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Lehder's brother, Federico Guillermo Lehder, who operated on the periphery of the business, might have been mistaken for Carlos, thus causing the reports of Carlos' being free and living overseas. Bureau of Prisons' version of the federal Witness Protection Program. Johnson argued that Lehder had not been released, despite Internet rumors to the contrary.
The True Story of Carlos Lehder and the Medellin Cartel,[ citation needed ] details why the author believes Lehder will never be released: Lehder's ongoing legal battles confirm that he remains imprisoned in the U. He is not likely to be released anytime soon.
On July 22he appeared in the U. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to contest his sentence. Lehder appeared pro searguing that the United States failed to carry out its obligations under a cooperation agreement he had entered into with the United States Attorney's Office, after he held up his end of the deal.
In Mayhe requested the Colombian Supreme Court to order the Colombian government to request his release from the United States because of the violations of his cooperation agreement.
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In MayLehder's lawyer declared to El Tiempo that a habeas corpus petition had been filed, alleging that Lehder's cooperation agreement had been violated and that "a court in Washington" had less than 30 days to respond to the notice. He is visited regularly by his family members, and has access to TV and to a computer with only email access. An article published by Cronica Del Quindio in January reported that Lehder can be released and extradited to Germany at any time.